RP’s taxpayers, part of your taxes went to this. Department of Tourism sponsored agents from KSA and UAE to attend the Fam Trip.

I don’t see much of Philippines in an international platform promoting tourism. So there you go, Philippines in Arabian Travel News, a widely distributed magazine in the whole Middle East.

Nag-aalab ang aking patriotism.







Calling all aspiring hoteliers, Al Bustan Palace – A Ritz Carlton Hotel posted vacancies for various positions. To name few are: Wedding Coordinator, Waiter/Waitress, Steward, Reservations Agent, Lifeguard, and many many more.

Just log-in to, create an account and search for Al Bustan Palace – Ritz Carlton Hotel Muscat. There are lots of opportunities posted on the site. It will take you at least 30-45 minutes to finish the form, and it is worth the shot.

TIP: If you are looking for a job in any GCC region, you must be in any GCC country as well. Chances of getting hired are higher than when you are in the Philippines.

NOTE: I am not working for any of these companies mentioned above. I am a watchful kababayan.

10 Things That Filipino Drivers Should Know (Updated May 25, 2011)

10 Things That Drivers Should Know (Updated May 25, 2011)


    1. MMDA Enforcers are not allowed to group together while apprehending a motorist. They are not even allowed to stand together in groups of two (2) or more, except in actual times of special operations (e.g. apprehending groups of smoke-belching/colorum buses).
    2. Swerving is not a traffic violation per se. It is defined as a movement wherein vehicles shift from a lane to another. However, it can constitute the offense of reckless driving if it is done without precautions (e.g. swerving in an abrupt and careless manner, swerving without the use of signals, swerving across solid lines).Swerving can also constitute the offense of Disregarding Traffic Signs if there are signs present that explicitly prohibit swerving in the area.
    3. A driver’s license cannot be confiscated by a Traffic Enforcer during traffic apprehensions except on the following situations:
  1. The driver was involved in a traffic accident
  2. The driver has accumulated three (3) or more unsettled violations
  3. The driver has been apprehended for the following violations:
  • Allowing another person to use driver’s license
  • Broken sealing wire
  • Broken taximeter seal
  • Colorum operation (cargo/passenger vehicle)
  • Driving against traffic
  • Fake driver’s license
  • Fake/altered taximeter seal
  • Fake/altered sealing wire
  • Fast/defective/non-operational/tampered taxi meter
  • Flagged up meter
  • Illegal or unauthorized counter-flow
  • Illegal transfer of plates/tags/stickers
  • Joined/reconnected sealing wire
  • No driver’s ID
  • Ignoring Organized Bus Route (OBR) interval timers (for 2nd offense)
  • Skipping or bypassing designated OBR terminals or loading bays (for 2nd offense)
  • Operating on contractual basis
  • Out of line operation
  • Overcharging (with or without conductor) (for the 2nd offense)
  • Overspeeding
  • Refusal to convey passengers to destination/trip-cutting (Taxis and Public Utility Vehicles)
  • Refusal to render service to public (Taxis and Public Utility Vehicles)
  • Tampered sealing wire
  • Tampered taximeter seal
  • Tampering of OR/CR/CPC & other documents (spurious documents)
  • Undue preference/unjust discrimination
  • Using motor vehicle in commission of crime

The above-mentioned administrative violations also require a minimum of 2 hours seminar (for the drivers) at the Traffic Academy.

However, any driver who has committed three (3) or more unpaid violations, whether administrative or moving, shall also be subject to attending seminars, whose length shall be based on the results of the diagnostic exam (exam that will determine the contents of the seminar progress), which will be administered by the Agency.

*Note: If the license is to be confiscated, the Traffic Enforcer should inform the driver of the reason/s for the confiscation and the ticket validity.

If the driver refuses to surrender his driver’s license, his plate may be detached pursuant to Section 74 & 75, MC 89-105.

  1. Private Vehicles are not allowed to use the yellow lane except when they are about to turn – provided that they start shifting lanes upon seeing the transition lane (broken white lines painted diagonally), that you can see around 50 meters away from an intersection. However, selective apprehension of private vehicles using the yellow lane is highly prohibited.
    The yellow lanes (1st and 2nd lanes in EDSA) are only for City Buses. City Buses are not allowed to go beyond the yellow lanes. If they do so, they will be apprehended for violating the yellow lane policy.
    Provincial buses are also not allowed to use the yellow lane. Instead, they are encouraged to use the third lane.
  2. Each Traffic Enforcer has his/her own written mission order issued by the MMDA Central Admin. Apprehended drivers are free to ask for the apprehending officer’s mission order, which includes his area of responsibility, time of duty, official function. It also indicates whether or not the enforcer is authorized to issue tickets.
  3. Traffic Enforcers should issue TVR in complete uniform, with visible nameplates. Traffic Enforcers are instructed to accomplish the TVR (Traffic Violation Receipt) without any delay or argument on the road, so as to avoid traffic congestion.
  4. The Apprehending Enforcer is allowed to issue another TVR for Towing Fee. If the owner of the impounded vehicle fails to release his vehicle after payment of fine in the stipulated date, the impounding officer shall issue a separate TVR indicating no. of days it has remained at the impounding area.
  5. Before apprehending, the Traffic Enforcer should flag down the vehicle and lead it to the roadside where it will not obstruct the flow of traffic. Traffic Enforcers should courteously inform the driver of his violation.
  6. Traffic Enforcers are not allowed to ask drivers to alight from their vehicles while the apprehension is taking place. Most importantly, Traffic Enforcers are not allowed to ask or receive bribe money.
  7. During traffic apprehensions, the following can be considered as a valid driver’s license:
  • ID Plastic Card
  • DLR / Temporary Driver’s License
  • TOP (Temporary Operator’s Permit)
  • International Driver’s License
  • Foreign License

The Traffic Enforcer should exercise extra diligence in verifying the veracity of the data or documents presented.

If you encounter any Traffic Enforcer violating any of these, get the name of the Traffic Enforcer indicated on his/her name plate, and submit a letter of complaint addressed to the Traffic Adjudication Board (TAB), MMDA Bldg. EDSA cor. Orense St. Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City, within 5 days after the apprehension.

In case you are involved in an argument with a Traffic Enforcer, call the MMDA Hotline 136, or the Metrobase at 0917-561-8711. Ask the Metrobase to send inspectors to go to the place where the argument is taking place for proper investigation.

You may also e-mail complaints against erring Traffic Enforcers to the MMDA thru Include full details of the incident (attach photos or videos if possible), so that they will be able to act promptly on the matter.


GAMCA Manila – Philippines Accredited Clinics

Angelus Medical Clinic

2nd & Floor Angelus Medical Plaza, 104 V.A Rufino St. Legaspi

Village Makati City, Philippines /
(632) 817-1935 / 815-1997 / 817-0765

Arguelles Medical Clinic

1271 Zobel Roxas St. Malate Manila, Philippines

(632) 521-5353 / 303-0752 / 526-8052

International Diagnostic Clinic

Remedios corner Modesto St. Malate, manila, Philippines

(632) 536-6682 / 525-5285 / 524-5285

L-R Medical Clinic

2938 Finlandia corner Bautista St. Makati City, Philippines

(632) 812-7059 / 8439316 / 816-2205 / 887-5778

Mabini Medical Clinic

W&C Juco Building 1946 F. Agoncillo St. Malate Manila, Philippines

(632) 522-0436 / 522-4926 / 813-0626

Physicians Diagnostic Clinic

533 United Nations Avenue corner San Carlos St. Ermita,

Manila Manila Philippines , Philippines

(632) 524-0626 to 28

Philippine Medical Test System

Room 202 – 25 Ben Lor Building 1184 Quezon Avenue Quezon City, Philippines

(632) 373-6858 / 373-6857 / 373-6867

Ruben Bartolome Medical Clinic

Ruben G.  Bartolome Medical Clinic, South Syouia Apts. 2021

M.H. Del Pilar St. Malate, Manila, Philippines

(632) 521 3857 / 525 1156

S.M. Lazo Medical Clinic

1755 Taft Avenue Malate, Manila, Philippines

(632) 524-1891 to 98 / 524-6325 / 521-9011

St. Martin Polyclinic

Suite 9 – 10 Don Santiago Building, Taft Avenue, Malate,

Manila, Philippines

(632) 526  0902 / 525 4619 / 522 8341

St. Peter & Paul Medical Clinic

Suite 402 Sabas – Almeda Building, nr. 50A. Fores corner A.

Mabini Sts. Ermita, Manila, Philippines

(632) 523-7029

GAMCA Manila – Philippines

A friend of mine would like to come here in Oman for work. Okay na ang contract, medical certificate from accredited GAMCA clinic na alang ang kailangan to further process her visa.

Ang hirap hanapin nang GAMCA. Wala kang makikita sa internet na kahit anong information. Nowadays, lahat ng information makikita mo na sa internet. But not GAMCA; very disappointing.

Sa goberyerno nang Pilipinas,  hundred- thousand or maybe millions na Pilipino na ang nagtatrabaho sa middle east. Sana naman makita nyo kung paano mapapadali and mapapaunlad ang prosesong ito sa GAMCA.

According sa isang forum, wala na daw GAMCA. Ang referrals daw must come from agencies. Eh paano kung direct hire ang applicant di ba?

Recently, I became desperate na. I wrote an email to all the GAMCA accredited clinics kung paano makakakuha ng medical certificate ng walang referral.

One of the clinics informed me na ni sila mismo hindi nila alam kung nasaan ang GAMCA and kung wala lang hawak na referreal, hindi ka nila i-process. Ano kaya yun!

Ang daming emails walang positive na sagot.

Luckily, may sumagot din sa akin. And I am very glad to share these information’s to everyone.

New Address:

2nd Floor, CB Vintug Building

559 Arkansas Street

Ermita Manila


Secretariat’s Number: +63 2 310 7142


The cost for medical tests will be P2580, to include P200 for female applicants and P200 for ECG for those 40 years old and above. If test results are within normal then the medical certificate will be issued within 2 to 3 days.

Requirements: Present a valid passport, and submit 4 pcs of 2×2 photos. Applicants are required to go on a 10 hours fast.