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This Week in Metro Manila (August 22 to 28, 2016)

New Philippine electronic passport has impressive high-security features

By: Karen Grace Libao | August 22, 2016
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PH has started releasing new high-security passports

this week in Manila August 2016

Palace Communications Officer Martin Andanar has released a statement that citizens who will apply for a passport will receive an “all-new high-security passport” at a shorter waiting period starting August 15. The upgraded passport, according to Andanar, will have a microchip that contains all the personal data of the owner and an invisible ultraviolet (UV) ink and thread for added security. Moreover, the designs of each page features Philippine regions.

Processing of the newly issued passport will only take a maximum of five (5) days compared to the previous 7 to 14 days.

Anti-age discrimination law now enforced

Republic Act (RA) 10911 or the Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act has been passed into law in the previous month. This law is against discrimination on any individual who applies for a certain position based on their age. Further, force retirement for employees at the age of 60 can no longer be imposed. Violation of the law is punishable with PhP50,000 up to PhP500,000 fine, or three months to two-year imprisonment.


Beep cards now accepted in tollways on a trial basis

this week in Manila August 2016

Image from Beep Card Facebook Page

Class 1 Vehicles passing through the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) tollway can now go cashless with the automated tap-and-go beep card since August 8. Class 1 vehicles are those measuring 7 feet in height and have two axles only.

The beep card can be purchased and reloaded at the Parañaque Service Center while it is on the trial period.

Modernized jeeps ply Lagro, Cubao, and Marikina

this week in Manila August 2016

Photo courtesy of Beep Bagong Jeep

Six new units of modernized jeeps called ‘Beep’ or Bagong Jeep is now plying Lagro-Cubao and Parang Marikina-Stop & Shop routes. Beep is a 16-seater jeepney with a curbside entrance utilizing Jeepney beep cards for payment collection and with a minimum fare of PhP7. KAPIT Transport Group is planning to introduce these modernized jeeps to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Beep Jeepney is not connected to AF Payments, Inc. which owns the Beep Card used as e-card for LRT, MRT, and CAVITEX Toll gate payments.


Monsoon rains to continue this week

Manila can still experience heavy downpours with lightning and thunderstorms in isolated areas. This is due to southwest monsoon or habagat which also brought a lot of rainfall in the previous weeks. Regularly checking the radio and TV news for updates on class suspensions, rainfall warning alerts, and evacuation advisories is recommended, even without storm signal raised over the city.


The 7th Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs’ Expo 2016 is on August 26 to 28

this week in Manila August 2016

Photo courtesy of Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs Expo

The 7th Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs Expo (PBEX) is happening on August 26 to 28 at the Megatrade Hall 1 in SM Megamall. Over 100 companies and businesses will join the event which will be a good venue for partnerships and networking. PBEX has been supporting the small and medium enterprises on nurturing and cultivating their industry in the country.
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About Karen Grace Libao
Karen writes for a living and for fun. She started her writing career in 2014 when she worked as Content Manager for a women’s website and never looked back since. On her free time, she tries to catch up on her current reads, seeing independently-produced films, watching theatre plays, and attending live music and open mic gigs. She dreams of becoming a published writer and film producer in the future.
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