Oils are a part of most, if not every, Filipino household. Newborns are given Aciete de Alcamforado (Camphorated Oil) and Aciete de Manzanilla (Chamomile oil) for relief of minor discomforts brought on by colds, colic, etc.
Growing up, we escalated to Efficascent Oil which is a blend of wintergreen, menthol, camphor, eucalyptus among others. This is used for almost everything — back pains, headaches, cramps, insect bites, sprains, gas, etc.
The ultimate “Tita” accessory would be White Flower Oil which is again, a blend of several essential oils like menthol, wintergreen, camphor, lavender, eucalyptus, etc. I have a small bottle of this in my bag, in my car, in my office drawer… anywhere you can think of. It’s just something I love to use when I feel nauseous.
Affidavit of support is a notarized document that is being required from Filipino travelers on a tourist/visit visa to another country.
Affidavit of Support – What is it, really?
The document is a statement that the sponsor takes full responsibility for the welfare of the traveler. That the sponsor will bear all necessary cost to support the traveler and that the traveler will not be a burden to the Philippine government and the government of the host country.
A sponsor, usually a relative up to fourth level of consanguinity, applies for the affidavit of support from the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in the host country by filling up a form, attaching supporting documents such as passport copies and proof of residence and source of income of the sponsor and pays for the processing fee. Here in U.A.E., the cost is 100 AED at the time of writing.
Affidavit of Support and Consent or Parental Travel Permit
What is the intention of the Affidavit of Support?
The document is intended to “curb human trafficking“. A traveler on a tourist/visit visa is highly to be off-loaded without this document. It is also a source of revenue for the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs.
Why it should be stopped immediately:
- The right to travel and freedom of movement are constitutionally guaranteed rights.
- It is disgrace to the Philippines because it signifies that it does not trust its own citizens. If the host country granted a visa, its a signification of trust. Banning a Filipino with a valid visa from traveling because of lack of the affidavit of support is illogical.
- So what if the traveler intends to find a job in the host country, The Philippines tends to benefit if the traveler does land a job in the host country.
- Air travel will increase, which means that more travel tax collection for the government.
- It contributes to corruption. Those who do not have the document are sometimes forced to use a way around the requirement.
- Its a waste of time and money. Sponsors will have to take time off work to be able to apply and collect the affidavit.
- As far as I know, no other country limits their citizen from exploring the world as a tourist.
- There are other means to curb human trafficking. Instead of assuming that everyone is being trafficked, use proper agency to investigate and track down human traffickers.
- Filipinos are caring citizens, we will take care of each other. There is no need for a document that says that we will be responsible for our visitor.
- It is the governments inherent responsibility to help and support their citizens abroad.
I hope this article reaches some of our lawmakers and do what is necessary.
Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below.
There are many expatriates who are residents in UAE. In general, expatriate residents should not be outside the UAE for more than 6 months in order for their residence visa to remain valid. A special entry permit is required to be able to return to UAE after six months.
There are circumstances that going back to UAE every 6 months is just not practical. This procedure applies to the following:
- Foreign wives of UAE nationals
- Domestic workers accompanying local students who are studying or undergoing medical treatment abroad
- Expatriates seeking medical treatment outside the country along with those in their company
- Those who are employed in the UAE public sector and are overseas for work or sent abroad on training courses
Currently – January 2017
It’s the last Saturday of January!! Can you believe it?
The month is flying by and I only posted 2 blog posts (three, including this). So, to update, I’m writing down my “currents”.
How does it work? I picked 5 prompts (others use more) to keep everyone up to date (everyone who is interested, that is!). Here goes:
School started in September. Since then, I have made B’s lunchbox. I’m sharing some of the bento boxes we’ve made. More photos on our Facebook Page.
FlipOut Dubai is the name of the newest place in Dubai, where one can just FlipOut and have fun.
Having been here in Dubai for more than 16 years, there are some things/activities that are no longer enjoyable. It’s a good thing that we heard about FlipOut Dubai in the radio. We immediately planned to go as soon as we heard the advertisement.
As an expat, lost passport is one of the worst things that can happen to us. It may seem that all is lost in the beginning but with this guide on what to do if you lost your passport in UAE, there is actually hope.
Tip: Having copies of your documents speed up the process of applying for a new passport. Make sure you have copies of all your important documents.
Steps to follow in case of lost passport in the UAE:
Many Filipinos are unaware that they can now pay travel tax online . For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) this do not apply. OFW’s are exempted from paying travel tax provided we have a valid Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). However, we do get visitors from time to time and any amount of time saved by eliminating unnecessary trips to the Department of Tourism or waiting in line at the airport is time that we can spend better on other things.
Online Travel Tax
I recently experienced the scariest drive of my life when we went to the Philippines to celebrate my Mother’s 60th birthday.
From North to South
My family is from Las Piñas which is in Southern Manila, “S” family is from Meycauayan which is outside of Manila but on the Northern side. We arrived NAIA terminal 3 on 9th of September and headed straight to Meycauayan to spend a day relaxing before the festivities. Our plan was to spend 2 nights in Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas which is again in the South.