My New TIN ID :)

    Last time, I blogged about Business & Government ID’s: All about Business & Government ID’s They told me that I can pick up my ID on May 17, 2011 but I just processed it yesterday.

     I and my sister-in-law went to Manila. She went there to buy stock for hair treatment etc., I went there to get my TIN ID, and I drop her down to Blumentrit. On the place where she buys medicine, I took a picture of a mannequin with real hair. Then I leave.

Here’s the image of the mannequin:

I ride to LRT-Blumentrit Station and went down LRT-Gil Puyat Station. Then, ride a public Jeepney with signage “Guadalupe”. My TIN is filed in Makati City, RDO 048.

I thought I couldn’t make it because of very long traffic. Around 4:39pm I arrive in BIR Office. Then, while waiting to my ID I took a photo of BIR 5th Floor. After I receive my ID, I ask the lady on how to transfer my record to Bulacan. It’s very hassle to go there because it’s very far from the place where I lived.

BIR Office


    I leave the office and wait for the elevator, and then I took a photo of the Philippine Flag with Vision and Mission of BIR at the back.

Although, it doesn’t take long, the travel gets too much of your time. Then I went to Doroteo Jose and my sister waits for me there so we can go home together. We ride a bus and head back home.

The U.S. Embassy, My Family and I – Part 2 “When one door closes another door opens”

The continuation of my blog: The U.S. Embassy, My Family and I – Part 1 “When one door closes another door opens”

After the interview, I slowly put the blue letter into my transparent envelope. I don’t know what to do.  My knees can’t step forward, and for a second I thought that this is just a dream. I walk straight and don’t look at other people sitting down and waiting to be called.

I didn’t leave the embassy; I sat down at the same angle of Window #10. Then I read the letter where it says, “You did not establish that your social, family, and economic ties outside of the United States are sufficient to overcome the presumption of immigrant intent.” “You did not establish that you are qualified for one of the nonimmigrant visa categories as indicated in the INA.”

I thought I can stay strong; I did my best to be strong. But, upon reading, I look at my son’s pictures, and I didn’t notice my tears falling down.


Then, without noise, I started crying, my tears continuously flowing (Even up to now, while writing this blog, because the pain is still fresh in my mind). I ask myself, “what kind of ties they are looking for?  Isn’t it enough that you don’t need to be far with your son and your family to earn money? Wouldn’t anyone love to be that way?” So many things comes to my mind, I’m thinking, what did I say wrong to the consular. Is it because I earn too little money and that lead his result to refuse me to have a visa?

Sketch of where am I sitting in the Non-Immigrants Section

I look down while covering my face with my very long hair; I’m thinking of why I belong to a family with no luck and no assets. I feel like I’ve been cursed but even if I would have a second chance to live, I’d rather be this way because nobody knows what our family has been through. No way could you imagine it exists like that.

I know I’m not the only person who failed, I know the fact that there’s a failure and there’s a success. But it is not easy to accept a failure that isn’t appropriate. It’s not appropriate to make an opposite decision when I know that I am right. When I know that I wouldn’t stay in the United States and go there for trainings only. Sometimes, the consular doesn’t see it in my eyes, my sincerity of showing how I love my homeland, my family and especially my son, he didn’t give me a chance to show it.

It never comes to my mind to Immigrate in the U.S.A. and that the only thing that keeps me going is my son and my beloved parents. If they base their result to other Filipino’s who lied and never came back, then I am not one of them. I would like to fight for my rights and to show them how sincere I am of coming back. Coming to the United States may give me culture shock but it won’t lead me to stay because of their technology nor money. My son needs me during this stage of his life; I don’t want to be too far from him. I can’t even sleep without him beside me in my bed.

I’ve been sitting there for more than 30 minutes, my eyes won’t stop crying, I don’t even have a handkerchief, I use the end of my sleeve to wipe my tears and nose. Still, can’t believe what happened. I stare at each window except to window 5, 6,7,8,9 because I can’t see them. Windows are starting to close one by one because there are no more non-immigrant applicants. The guys wearing blue shirts that are assisting applicants already left. I think they know what happened to me and they let me sit there and cry.

Then, after couple of minutes, a woman came by with her kid in a stroller.
Woman: Why are you crying?
Me: Because they denied my Visa
Woman:  What kind of visa are you applying?
Me: B1 For business, training.
Woman:  Don’t cry, you know my mom has been denied for 6x now.
Me: (I didn’t speak)
Woman: You can re-apply again. (Then, she strolled her kid)

After couple of minutes, she came again with her American husband. My eyes are continuously crying. Like never ending…
Man: Hi
Me: Hello
Woman: This is my husband
Man: Are you going to the USA for tourist?
Me: No. I’m going there to have training with the current company that I’m working with
Man: Nowadays, it’s very hard to come to the United States. I’m already an American and petitioning my wife wasn’t easy.
Woman: Yeah, so many papers needed before we finish fixing everything
Man: Don’t cry, you know what we’ve been trying to get my wife’s mom a visa but they always denied her. Until now, she hasn’t got a visa yet.
Me: Is it really hard to travel to USA with B1/B2 Visa?
Man: Yes!  Because some Filipino says they will come there for tourist then they will get married. So Embassy is very strict with application.
Me: But I am going there for training =(
Man: Why did they refuse your visa anyway?
Me: (I showed my blue letter)
Man: (Reading…) you failed because of economic ties. You know what, United States, what to see that you will come back to the Philippines.
Me: But I have my son, and I am the Head of my Family now.
Man: Even though you have your family in the Philippines, that’s not enough for them to prove that you will come back. You need to have monetary things that they know you can’t leave behind when you come to the United States. We are talking about money here.
Me: (I cried so much) but, why it’s very unfair. They didn’t even ask for any of my documents to show that I will come back to the Philippines. I have my son, and I won’t leave him behind in my country.
Man: The best way to come to the USA is the K1 Visa. You should find a husband that can bring you to the United States
Me: (I didn’t speak) I look down.
Woman: Are you already married?
Me: Yes = (Then I cried so much… (To be honest, this is the first time I admit to the internet that I am married)
Woman: Where is your husband?
Me: We have been separated. We only lasted for a couple of months after marriage, not even 6 months. I don’t love him, and I was only 18 at that time. I don’t think about it much, all I think about is that there will be someone who can be shown as the father of my son. He is not the real father of my son.  I just signed a paper and the marriage ceremony didn’t even last for 5 minutes.
Woman: Where is your son?
Me: He is living with me, in addition to my parents and 2 siblings.
Man: (He comes closer face to face)
Me: (I keep crying) Then look at my envelope
Man: Look, don’t lose hope… Remember this saying, “When one door closes another door opens”. It is not always bad. Have faith in him. (He repeats it again) “When one door closes another door opens”. You are very pretty woman and there are so many men out there who can help you. Believe me, see we can hear and you didn’t end up with anything and yet you meet us.
Me: Thank you (I stop crying and started to wipe my tears)
Man: (He made a joke) Anyway, what kind of man you are looking for? White, black, short or tall? (Then he laughs)
Me: (I laugh, and I said) It’s my birthday today.
Man & Woman: Wow! Happy Birthday
Woman: O wag ka na magmukmok jan. (Stop sulking)  You can always try again. Or find a husband and help you to fix your papers
Me:  Thank you ate (ate is use to respect older woman than you although the English term is sister)
Woman: Come with us, there is no people here now.
Me: (I stand up, and come to the place where they are sitting; those guards are looking at me. Maybe they wonder why I didn’t leave my seat in the Non-Immigrants area)
Man:  How old is your son?
Me: Four. (Then I showed him the picture)
Man: Nice, He and my son can get along.
Me: (I smiled. Then I saw the woman’s older son.) Is that your son?
Woman: Yes, he is my son to my first husband before I get annulled.
Me: How much did it cost you?
Woman: 50k
Me: Why it is cheaper? In my place, it’s around 200k and more.
Woman: Maybe because I live in province.
Me: I can’t afford to do annulment because I am taking care of my son and my family.
Woman: Don’t lose hope, look; my husband helped me to fix it and now we are here and filing out immigrant papers for my older son.
Me: Your sons are so lovely and handsome. You are so lucky.
Woman: Time will come, don’t worry.
Man: I see in you that your intent is just business. But if you change your mind, we can help you.
Woman: Do you have Facebook?
Me: Yes. (I wrote my email address and gave it to her)
Woman: I will add you later so we can keep in touch
Me: Thanks Po. (They are so nice)

They are at the US Embassy because their petitioning her older son for Immigration.  Then their number was called and they told me to stay there or wait.  The girl is very lucky, and upon staying there, I also saw another woman with an American husband. I’m thinking, is that the easiest way to go to the U.S.A. when you don’t belong to a rich family, when you don’t have assets and everything? When they are finished at the other window, they come back and said that they will be called again. I asked where the comfort room is because I need to wash my face and go pee pee.

The woman I met is also inside the comfort room; she is changing her son’s diaper and making something to drink. Me, I washed my hands and keep staring at the mirror and also at them. I don’t know what to say, I can’t say anything. Then, she said she will be leaving the CR now and they are just in the Immigrant section at the other side. She said, come with me. I said, I will follow in a bit. A few minutes later, when she’s gone, I am staring into the mirror and looking at myself.

As I stare at myself, my eyes start to cry again. Then when someone will come by, they will look at me but I don’t look back, and I keep crying. I feel like not going home. I have so many plans like; this will be the beginning to earn enough money so I can bring my mom to a hospital to do some check up with her growing tummy. Nobody knows what’s going on in her tummy, after they remove her right kidney, her tummy keeps growing. I need plenty of money so I can have her general check up and operation if necessary.  Then a young kid came in, he went pee pee and then when he washed his hands. He looked at me, we see each other eye to eye, and he didn’t leave. He looks into my eyes and sees the tears falling down slowly. He didn’t leave and he stayed for 2-3 minutes and kept looking at me. I stopped crying, because I know he wonders why I am crying, and I look at him as my son and as a mom, and I don’t want my son to see what’s going on. He is so very young to be involved in nature’s life.

After he leaves, I started to get going. I didn’t know how much time I stayed at the U.S. Embassy.  I walked outside the Comfort Room slowly and tried to look for those people that I’ve met, but I think they left and they might have thought I left too, because I stayed very long in the CR crying. Thank you to that kid, whoever you are, you gave me strength

Upon walking, I’m trying to leave all the pain inside the U.S. Embassy, staring at the road while walking to the Pedestrian Lane. I normally bring a camera + mobile to take an Image of all the walks I’ve been. But since every kind of electronics is not allowed, and I had to leave them behind in my brother’s car, I feel incomplete from not taking pictures of the places I’ve been.

I don’t have anything with me and no money; I tried to find a bank to withdraw some money. Then, I don’t know where to start, don’t know where to go. After getting money, I asked some people where to ride to go to Monumento, Caloocan.  Finally, I saw a Jeepney, and I ride and paid the driver using my 500 peso bill. I’m so shy to pay with it because I don’t want him to think I’m just trying to exchange it. When he gets the money, he asks for a smaller bill. I said I don’t have any I’m sorry. He kept the money until he has enough php to give me my change.

I dropped down to BDO Caloocan, and asked about a Checking Account. Luckily, I have all the documents with me, DTI, Mayor’s Permit, and ID’s. I’m so sleepy while I am talking to the teller. She explained everything about the Checking Account. Then after 1 hour of waiting, they gave me my new checks =] Well, I guess after a very long day at the U.S. Embassy, there’s a compensation reward to make me happy.

 I went to Malabon, and go to my sister’s house. I told my brother that I will be there by 12:30pm after the Interview. But since it’s very hard for me to leave the Embassy, I stayed longer. I only saw a letter on their door saying, “We already left the house Neng, and the kids were starting to cry”. I can’t blame them for leaving me because it’s around 2:30 when I get to Malabon, longer than they expected me to be. So I leave their house and I go home by myself to Bulacan.

I feel so tired, and very, very hot. Imagine I am wearing a long sleeve shirt and blazer plus slacks.

          Then, when I ride the Bus, there is no seat available. (LOL am I being cursed this day) And yes, OMG, no one is even kind enough to stand up and give me their seat. No gentleman that day, I stand up from the start of NLEX up to the Marilao Exit. Am I being the gentlewoman? Whenever there’s an old person even a male on a Bus who doesn’t have a seat, I normally stand up for them. I think guys in the Philippines forgot the term “Gentleman”.

After a long drive, finally I arrived at the house. They all have a very big smile on their faces, waiting for me on the 2nd floor. They said, she’s here, she’s here… Then I look above them and do thumbs down. Then from a very blissful face theirs turns into very heartbreaking faces.

Everyone sat down and listened to me, except my nieces and nephew who don’t understand the surroundings yet. I explained to them everything, and at the very end of my story they give me this sad and happy look. They didn’t tell me how much they are thankful of me trying my best, but I can tell.  They said, maybe it’s not for me yet. Just don’t give up. It is a very heart-breaking moment. Every member of my family wasn’t being able to be lucky enough to have a better path in life. Each of us lives a normal life where you can have food to eat everyday and send your kids to school and that is enough. But even we live that way, and we are happy. And those people who live a better life, where their parents can give whatever they want are very lucky. Some of them don’t really treasure life, however.

I am at the edge of a life that wants to make sure that there will be a better future for my family. I am dreaming to have a very good business in my country and have my parents fulfill their dream of which they didn’t make, having our own house. My dream is very simple; to show my parents how I love them and to have a simple house that can fit our whole family.

Here is some shots of a simple feast that my mom made for me after a very long day.

Lechong Paksiw

My Parents. My Father's left hand doesn't function anymore due to stroke. My Mother, I'm concerned because I don't know if there's a complication in her tummy; it's getting bigger =( Her right kidney has been removed for almost 4.5 years now.

My cute niece

Me and My Son

  Sometimes, I am thinking, during the time when money doesn’t exist, you are able to travel from one place to another. This land that we are stepping on right now doesn’t belong to us. Everything is now based on a “Piece of Paper”. Money, Land Titles are just made of pieces of paper with a person who has authority to sign it.  Because of people’s selfishness and desire to conquer the world, the wars started. If only everyone on this planet can give and take and help people rise and not push down. Wars will stop and peace will be on earth.  I don’t know why I said this, but these things are also related to me.

     Being sincere about coming back to the Philippines is not only based on what things can be seen, or what money can be showed, but also the relationship between families that remains unseen and beyond vocabulary which will guide you back to where you belong.

The U.S. Embassy, My Family and I – Part 1 “When one door closes another door opens”

“When one door closes another door opens”
Today, I will share my whole day of my experience during my 23rd birthday. Friday the 13th is known as bad luck, some say it’s lucky some say it isn’t. I scheduled my interview online via USTravelDocs  at the exact day of my birthday. I told myself, “If I pass, then I break the chain of bad luck”.

I know we hold our own futures, and I don’t believe in Friday the 13th, I also think if I put the date of my birthday then I will know if I should celebrate or not. I told my family whether I pass or not, we are going to have a small feast.

I’ve been stressed all night long, and afraid that I cannot talk during the interview. I’m afraid I can’t understand the accent of the consular that will interview me. I slept for only 3.5 hours. I’ve been trying to sleep since 22:00 on May 12th but my eyes won’t let me… My brother told me to relax, and get some rest. Finally, around 00:30 May 13th, I fell asleep. Then, around 4:30 in the morning I woke up, get some coffee and eat some bread, my body is not feeling well yet to eat too much. Then, I started to prepare and check my belongings. Around 5:00am my brother and I left for the U.S. Embassy, I’m thankful he woke up at the right time.  While he is driving I took a couple of photos, I’m sitting in the front seat of the car.

Here’s how I look for my interview, do I look haggard? =)

Then, I just noticed that I forgot something, my 2×2 pictures. I accidentally left them in my brown envelope, because I transferred everything into a transparent envelope. Good thing that there’s an open rush ID in Recto, in front of Isetan Mall. It cost me 70 php for 4 pcs. of 2×2 pictures. The bad thing is, he only used a DigiCam and I sat on a blue chair with a dirty white background. It’s their wall and it doesn’t look good. I had a feeling the picture will be bad, and when I saw it, it’s really pixilated and obviously edited. I showed my brother and he said at least I have a picture now and he laughed. Then, after that, we left for the U.S. Embassy Manila, which is located at 1201 Roxas Blvd. Manila.

Finally we are there, and I took a shot outside the U.S. Embassy, Manila. I can’t bring any electronics inside, so I left them in my brother’s car. He stopped for a bit in front of the U.S. Embassy and I took a shot, then a security guard came over and said, “Bawal po litrato sir, bawal huminto dito” means, “taking pictures is not allowed Sir and it’s prohibited to stop your car here”. My brother just left and I don’t have my purse, I only have 100php LOL. Good thing, my ATM is with me! Then, I just realized that I entered to the wrong place, so I walked for a bit to go to the exact location for the Consular Section.

U.S. Embassy Manila

Ok. This is it! First, there’s a guard in front of the line. You will be asked if your concern is for Non-Immigrant or Immigrant. And then, the next line is divided between Immigrants, Non-Immigrant, I forgot the line; I think it is for Fiancé Visa. So then, you need the following to be prepared, DS-160 Confirmation Page, Appointment Letter, Passport, and Letter of Guarantee for (Seafarer).

The following images are the example of documents needed for Non-Immigrant.

DS-160 Confirmation

Appointment Letter


You will be asked what time your appointment is in your letter, and then everyone is given their own unique ID. The Filipina girl gets my passport and puts a sticker of barcode with my unique ID, name, and time of schedule. Then she attaches a number to my DS-160 Form.

After that, you will enter inside the building; they will ask you if you have any electronic devices, etc., I step through a body X-Ray machine, and I put my envelope on a X-ray Scanner with a Conveyor belt. It looks like this:

Then, I went inside and there’s a huge amount of chairs in the waiting area. There’s a number counter showing the number on the screen + the window number. There’s also food for when you get hungry, hotdogs, water snacks and Kodaks (T_T) if I only knew, I shouldn’t have gone to the hassle to find an open rush ID.

There’s an assistant for applicants, and once your number is pretty near, she will call the number one by one and will assist everyone to go inside the embassy.

When I’m inside, I was amazed, it’s very huge, and I feel like I’ve been there before. It looks like Qatar Airport. Then, the assistant lead us to the window to check your DS-160 Application. I gave my DS-160 to a Filipina girl in a window and I told her I had some mistake and cannot change it again because I have attached the DS-160 unique code to my appointment letter. She gave me a yellow paper to fix my DS-160 and told me I must come back before 9:30am.

I leave the U.S. Embassy and find an Internet Café, outside there’s a bunch of people coming towards you and tells that there is no café nearby and I can use their Office to fix my ds-160. I ask how much, they said 300php for 1 hour. I refuse because I know it’s a scam. I crossed the road and asked people, and they told me the location of the nearest Internet Café. When I was there, I rented a computer, and then started to fill-out the application form again. There are couple of questions I can’t answer because I don’t have the files with me, I left them at home.  After filling it out, I asked the lady to print my 2×2 pictures, since I don’t like the other ones that I did earlier before I arrived at the U.S. Embassy.

Then, I ran to the U.S. Embassy, and I just made it, and went through the same process like the first time, and then I gave the documents to the lady. After that, one of the applicant assistants approached me and asked, “nag finger print ka na Ma’am?”  (Did you already have your finger prints taken?), I answered no. Then she told me to go to window 16. I thought, another Filipino in town:) but he wasn’t, he’s American. He takes my passport and DS-160. He smiled, I smiled.

Window 16: Hi
Me: Hi =)
Window 16: What is your name and your birth date?
Me: (I don’t know if complete with middle name) Melanie Paz, May 13, 1988 (I almost said today is my birthday)
Window 16: Thank you Ma’am! Ma’am place your left 4 fingers (He smiled)
Me: (I put them on the finger print pad and I smiled)
Window 16: Then next, the 4 fingers on your right hand
Me: (I did, but my fingers weren’t placed right)
Window 16: Move your fingers a little bit
Me: (Finally it works =) )
Window16: Put your 2 thumbnails
Me: (I did and I am smiling (signs of my nervousness) )
Window16: Thank you Ma’am
Me: Your welcome, Is it done?
Window16: Yes Ma’am, you can have a seat there and wait for your number to be called.
Me: Thank you! Have a nice day =) (Then I left the window)

I am sitting at an angle to the Window 10. I keep looking to Window 10 and 11, some didn’t pass, some did.  I am nervous, my number was 2215… The time has come, my number showed up, it says 2215 at Window 6. I was like, “this is it!”

I am now in front of Window 6. I didn’t get nervous and I am not shaking. I can’t believe myself that I wasn’t.

Consular: Hello
Me: (I forgot the time T_T because I went outside, I greet him) Good afternoon, Good morning =) Then I smiled.
Consular: Why are you going to the USA?
Me: I’m going to meet the whole company and to be trained as a Game Master and Community Manager.
Consular: I’m sorry what?
Me: I’m going to the USA to meet the whole company and to be trained as a Game Master and Community Manager.
Consular: Do you have the invitation letter?
Me: Yes Sir, I have. (I give to him)
Consular: (He’s reading the paper and the master agreement). I’m confused, what is “He mentioned my company name”, what do they do?
Me: They are a game publisher who promote and support online games, like MMORPGs.
Consular: What is MMORPGs?
Me: Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Games
Consular: I see it’s a role playing game. Can you explain to me the nature of your work? (Doesn’t say the exact question, but it’s the same)
Me: Ok. Sir, let me give you an example. Have you ever played an MMORPG?
Consular: No
Me: It is like a Video Game but the difference is you can play it online with other people that’s why it’s massively multi-player. A Game Master is the person responsible to answer the player’s inquiries, conduct events and make sure that the game community is balanced and fun.
Consular: What is your current project?
Me: Realms Online
Consular: Are they going to pay you when you are in the USA?
Me: No Sir.
Consular: Who will take care of your expenses?
Me: The Company
Consular: Have you ever travel to United States before?
Me: Not yet
Consular: Have you been to other country except USA?
Me: Yes, In Dubai.
Consular: What did you do there?
Me: I visited my sister-in-law
Consular: How much is your monthly salary in your currency?
Me: 20,000php
Consular: (He typed a lot in his computer)
Me: (My hand is on the table and has been waiting, I even think about what will be my reaction if I pass, and I keep smiling.)
Consular: (He returns my invitation letter and passport, then he gave me a blue colored paper) I’m sorry Ma’am but according to our Immigration Law (I’m not sure about his exact words) you are not qualified for Non Immigrant Visa.  You can still re-apply again and talk to another consular.
Me: (I get the paper and don’t know what to do, for the first time, I don’t know if I will cry or not, I don’t want to cry in front of him, I stay strong) I asked, “Sir, may I ask why I didn’t pass?”
Consul: You are not qualified to have a visa right now. (I didn’t understand the next line because I’m so sad)
Me: I said, “Sir, even though I have a child?”
Consular: He (nodded)
Me: Sir, if I cannot get this job, I won’t be able to take care of my rent
Consular: I’m sorry Ma’am, just try to re-apply again.
Me: Ok Sir, Thank you, Have a nice day.

I can’t remember a detailed face, but here is how he looks like, I tried to make it exactly how he looks like but it’s a lack of options while doing it in the Face Maker Program.

Here’s the letter he gave me of why I failed the interview.


Zoom 214(b)

How did it go after my interview? What did I do? What comes to my mind? Kindly read part 2 of my blog: The U.S. Embassy, My Family and I – Part 2 “When one door closes another door opens”

My big day…

The day has come… my interview for US Embassy tomorrow. God, please give me strength. Don’t let me get nervous during the interview. Give me strength to show them how sincere I am of coming back to my own country. If you can read my mind and my heart, you know the truth, let them feel the same way too. (PS: I hope internet works there, so you can read Facebook too):)

Btw, I went to CSJDM City Hall earlier and beside it is a church. Here’s the image of the church

San Jose Del Monte Church

I look at the cross, and whispered, “Give me strength for my interview tomorrow”.

At the cross

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The Philippine NLEX – North Luzon Express Way

This is a 5 minute video of NLEX in the Philippines. I’m on my way to Manila and decided to record some video using my Nikon Coolpix s70. Hope you enjoy the view.

Here is where I’m sitting down while taking the footage.

After arriving Balintawak, I ride a jeepney with signage “Monumento” to go to the NBI Clearance to renew my NBI. I will separate the Blog of how I processed my Clearance and guide as well.

After getting my clearance I head to Caloocan City Hall to see if the line of getting NSO is not long, but as I expected there’s a very huge line. I decided to back off:) and just take some photos of City Hall.

Here’s an image of City Hall from the Balcony, with the Philippine Flag.

And my shoes are new, I don’t know if they are good or not and sooner rather than later I had a blister on my toe which made me decide to go home cause I can’t walk anymore, it hurts a lot.

Here’s the image of my foot with blisters.

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How to get a Mayor’s Permit?

How to get a Mayor’s Permit?

This tutorial will help you to get your own Mayor’s Permit. Please be reminded that some Cities have different requirements. The majority of them need the same thing.

Basic Requirements for a New Business

This is an image of  the Basic Requirements sample for when you are planning to get a Mayor’s Permit in Caloocan City. I have my own Business Permit in Bulacan, the difference between them is the requirement number 6.

Basic Requirements

Written Version:


*Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information about DTI, follow this URL:

B. Corporation/Partnership/Foundation

* Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) Registration. For more information about SEC, follow this URL:

*Articles of Incorporation/Partnership

C. Cooperative

* Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Registration. For more information about CDA, follow this URL:

2.            Barangay Clearance (tell them for Bgry. Business Clearance)

3.            Community Tax Certificate (Cedula) For New Business

4.            A. If place of Business is Owned – Xerox Copy of Original/Transfer Certificate of Title (OCT/TCT)

                    B. If place of Business is Rented – Xerox copy of Contract of Lease

5.            Public Legal Liability Insurance

6.            Picture of Establishment with sketch of location

–                    Outside view of SIGNBOARD

–                    Inside view

–                    If you complete the requirements, the next step is to go the BPLO (Business Permit and Licensing Office) in your City Hall. Here’s the sample of an Application form

Sample Application Form

I processed my Mayor’s Permit in Bulacan since the apartment that I moved to is Commercial/Residential.  Here’s my step by step experience.

1. Completing all the documents and submit it to BPLO for verification.

2.  After verifying, I went to City Engineering Office. There, I draw the map location of my Business + how big is my area (Sq. meters).

3. They will ask you to pay the Certificate of Electrical Inspection and Inspection Fee – Engineering. You are going to pay it to OIC-CITY Treasurer in your City Hall. One of the Engineers will come visit your place and inspect your area. If there is no questions, they will sign your papers.

4. Go to Sanitary. You will need to give them your paper and they will sign it, not much of a hassle. It’s a certificate for Sanitary Permit to Operate.

5. Go to BFP (Bureau of Fire Protection). Normally, BFP needs to inspect your place before they sign your document. You will be required to buy a Fire Extinguisher. As for me, I work from home and am only using my computer to operate my business. By the way, they won’t sign that until you are done with zoning.

6. Go to Zoning Office of your City Hall. The first 5 was easy, this one has more requirements than the previous ones submitted. You need to show the Zoning Diagram to the Officer, see here for an example:—Sample should include the Bldg. Permit, Engineer, Sketch etc.,

7. After the zoning approves your files, and signs your paper, you will head back to the BFP then they will sign your file and Issue you a certificate. Remember that it depends on your Business whether they do an inspection or not. If you are opening a Sari-sari store, normally it doesn’t need to be inspected.

8. Go back to the BPLO and show that you already have done the process, they will verify it again and if everything is fine, you will need to pay the following:

a. Your Business (Contractor/Services/Wholesaler/Retailer)

b. Mayor’s Permit Fee

c. Sanitary Fee

d. Service Fee

e. Local Fire Inspection Fee

f. Business Plate

Prices vary depends on your business. They will release your Business License within 1-3 working days.

Sample Business Plate:

Business Plate



Credit to Reeko

Submitted on 2013/01/17 at 4:51 PM

Caloocan City Hall North
> TCT (Land Title) of Owner
> Tax Declaration of Land & Building (Cert.True Copy)
> RPT Receipt latest (amellar) of land & building (updated)
> Lot Plan signed/sealed by Geodetic Engineer
> Barangay Clearance
> DTI/SED Registration
> Latest License/Business Permit
> Contract of lease or lessee
> Sketch of site

Additional Requirements:
> ECC Environmental Compliance Cert. from DENR for Industrial activity
> LLDA Permit to operate

> Affidavit of office use only
> Certificate of NO OBJECTION from HOA
> Certificate/permit from other gov’t agencies (Defending on the nature of activity)
> Affidavit of Consent from lot owner
> Affidavit of NO Games & 200 meters away from school & churches for computer shops
> Affidavit of no obstruction for:
Trucking garages, container services and yards, junkshops, auto repair shop.

This is the latest 2013 requirements I got from the mayor office. Hope it is beneficial to everyone concerned.

All about Business & Government ID’s

I’ve been working for almost 4 years and up until now, I wasn’t able to fix my government ID.

The reasons are the following:

  •  I don’t have enough time to process it during my work schedules.
  •  I’m working on graveyard shift and I won’t have enough sleep to work for the next day if I will stay up to file for an ID.
  • Most of the time, my day-off falls during the weekend
  • During my free time, I am spending time with Kurt (my son) and my family.
  • The SSS & TIN is far from the place where I am staying/living.

And many more reasons… I stopped working as an employee last year and started to work from home as a Marketing Consultant, Content Manager, Game Master and Community Manager. I wasn’t able to fix my government papers and so on and so forth. I love this kind of job, working from home on your preferred hours and spending time with my son and family is the best. So I started to think of “why shouldn’t I make my own business and let the company contract me” so that, I won’t worry about how to pay taxes in my country when I know I’m earning my own money. The new company that is contracting me right now was the influence to encourage me to establish my own business.  In that way, everything is legal and I can pay my taxes as a self-employed person.

So then this month, I am pushing myself to get at least one of the Government Issued IDs before my appearance at the US Embassy, Manila.

Today, I went to the BIR Office where I need to claim my TIN ID. I filed it a long time ago, and wasn’t able to claim it. I talked to one of the officers, she said that it’s a very long time ago and they weren’t sure if the ID is still in their locker.

On my way to BIR, this is a view from the LRT Station – Doroteo Jose

There are so many people in that line at that time, so she as a favor asked if I could help her search the cards 1 by 1. I smiled and I said yes… while turning the card one by one, I notice that those ID are from unclaimed, I’ve been wishing that my ID is still there. Then, I feel so sad when the letters already skip my surname but its fine. She did try her best to help me, gave me her advice to fill out the form again, and the date where I can claim my TIN ID is on May 17th.

I stayed there for almost one hour and after that I’m heading back home, and for the first time ever in my whole life of using public transportation, this is the very first time I ride in an Air-conditioned Jeepney. Inside it looks like a small bus. Sadly, I forgot to take a photo after I dropped down into Gil Puyat Station.

This is a view of passengers in LRT- Gil Puyat Station

Signage saying “Do not go down on trackside”, “No Spitting” and “KEEP YOUR DISTANCE from the Platform Edge”.

I dropped down to Carriedo Station, thinking that I can still make it to NBI so I can renew my old NBI. The security guard says that NBI Clearance has been moved to Victory Mall Monumento. I thought that they just opened a new branch before; I didn’t know that they totally moved.

While heading back, I saw these people selling their wares on the street:

And then, I’m too late to process my NBI, they said they were closed. I just took a photo inside the elevator of Victory Mall. The location of the NBI Clearance is located on the 5th floor.

Victory Mall

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