The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh announced a new feature of their website.OFW’s or Filipinos who renewed their passport in the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh can now check if their passport is ready for release online.
(d) “Lessee” shall mean the person renting a residential unit. – Notwithstanding the lapse of the period provided in Section 4 of this Act, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) is hereby granted the authority to continue the regulation of the rental of certain residential units, to determine the period of regulation and its subsequent extensions if warranted, to determine the residential units covered and to adjust the allowable limit on rental increases per annum, taking into consideration, among others, National Statistics Office (NSO) census on rental units, prevailing rental rates, the monthly inflation rate on rentals of the immediately preceding year, and rental price index. The lessor cannot demand more than one (1) month advance rent.
Salient provisions of RA 9653 can be found in my previous post which highlights the exemption of rent-to-own agreements from the new rent control law and you may access it here. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled: SECTION 1. – This Act shall be known and cited as the “Rent Control Act of 2009.“ SEC. – The State shall, for the common good, undertake a continuing program of encouraging the development of affordable housing for the lower income brackets and other beneficiaries. – The following terms as used in this Act shall be understood as: (a) “Rent” shall mean the amount paid for the use or occupancy of a residential unit whether payment is made on a monthly or other basis. – The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the HUDCC, in coordination with other concerned agencies, are hereby mandated to conduct a continuing information drive about the provisions of this Act, which shall be translated and be made available in major regional dialects and shall be posted in conspicuous public places, including barangay halls.
I look forward to the release of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 9653 and once the rent control act IRR becomes available, I’ll surely post it here as well. Toward this end, the State shall continue to protect housing tenants in the lower income brackets and other beneficiaries from unreasonable rent increases. (b) “Residential unit” shall refer to an apartment, house and/or land on which another’s dwelling is located and used for residential purposes and shall include not only buildings, part or units thereof used solely as dwelling places, boarding houses, dormitories, rooms and bedspaces offered for rent by their owners, except motels, motel rooms, hotels, hotel rooms, but also those used for home industries, retail stores or other business purposes if the owner thereof and his or her family actually live therein and use it principally for dwelling purposes.
My passport is expiring on March 31, 2011 and I need to renew my passport for a potential business or work-related trip for the next few weeks.
Yesterday (March 26, 2011) I set an appointment for my passport renewal and to my dismay, the appointment system schedule is very much off my expectation.