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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DFA Red Ribbon (Required abroad)

Yours truly felt satisfied today as she have accomplished some things that need to be done accordingly. After our muscle relaxing (according to our TC) dragon boat training this morning, I decided to make some errands as well to make my day more productive.

During our passport application, I forgot to note that DFA required the original SECPA copy of my Bella's birth certificate for her passport and the marriage certificate from me, so I was left with photocopies, the reason why I need to furnish copies again, one to be red ribbon at DFA and the other one for us to keep.

Since I was already near the Harbour Front Centre, in front of CCP Complex, it was timely that there is a NSO office near my current location which is more convenient:

NSO Macapagal Branch

Ground Floor, Lifestyle Bldg. Hobbies of Asia
8 Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. Pasay City 1300
Tel # (02) 833-3780 / (02) 833-8842

The transaction was fast and easy as it took me only 2 hours to have my requested documents. One hour to queue for the certificate application and payment and an hour more to wait for the document to be release. I was already starving from the morning work-out so I grabbed a bite of donut and San Miguel coffee, which I didn't like, at the nearby mini stop to save me some time. I was craving for Mc Donald's big breakfast meal, but I couldn't find one. I even asked a maintenance staff and I heard No with a laugh. I wonder what was so funny about my question.

Anyway, since I have my document with me, I went straight to new DFA for the authentication of my Bella's birth certificate with our marriage contract. However, I was informed that the DFA red ribbon is done at the old DFA office located along Libertad Pasay corner Roxas Boulevard.

Regular processing Php 100 per document (4 working days)
Rush processing Php 200 per document (1 working day)
Time of releasing: between 2 - 4 PM

The transaction was smooth and fast as well. Beware of fixers outside the Department of Foreign Affairs as they will give you false information and convince you to do business with them. Just go directly inside the office and ask the guard on duty for any query.

Please note that DFA Authentication of Philippines documents are required abroad. After collecting the said documents, my next move is to send the DFA red ribbon document to UAE Embassy through DHL, which is already available at DFA compound. Processing would be 5 to 7 working days for Php 2135.00

It took me only a few minutes to have everything done, I just have to come back for the documents that will be release  the following day.

I traveled and went to Makati to finish my remaining itinerary for the day. It was already lunch time and my stomach was rumbling again, so I had my lunch at the food court of Landmark where I also bought some groceries for my Bella. I do my buying of stuff here as it is cheaper compared to other supermarkets.

After checking the varieties of different menus I decided to dine at Savory Restaurant, with their Solo meal (Php 155.00) consists of Quarter chicken, Yang chow rice, mixed veggies + Iced tea (Php 30.00) + Lomi (add on Php 10.00)



The chicken was definitely flavorful even without the gravy. The veggies were limited with variety of beans, carrot, young corn and sayote. Nevertheless, the buttery taste it was crunchy and cooked just the way I like it. I didn't like the Lomi that much though, I hardly see sny noodles and the vegetables, well, what can you expect from an add on promo of Php 10.00?

After the sumptuous meal, I decided to look for the location of the Gymboree to inquire on which class will be suited for my Bella at her age. I got the information on a separate blog for more details.

65 comments:

Honey Andrade said...

Hi there.. I was just at the DFA today and it was my first time to go there.. I didn't know where it was but I just asked around.. This person led me to this place outside of the DFA and told me that it was where I could have my birth certificate authenticated (red ribbon) within 24hours. I had to pay 1,500 for it. After reading this blog post, I cant stop thinking about what happened to me and I could only pray that they at least give me an original document. I really had no idea that it wasn't safe because it seemed like a lot of people were also there, having their papers fixed/processed.

taurus said...

Thanks for this information, very timely coz' my son needs some of his doucments to be red ribbon. i was searching the net, when i came across your post.... very informative.....i hope others with information similar to this would also post theirs. it would be a great help and would avoid being victimized by 'fixers'...

A-Life said...

Hi Honey,

I hope everything is fine with your documents now. Sorry for the uber late reply. I had some technical problems with my blog but its fix now

A-Life said...

HI Taurus,

You're welcome.

Anonymous said...

ask ko lang po..since my experience kana rin ng magpa red ribbon..ano po ba ang procedure dun?as what i heard also ..kailangn pa raw magpunta ng malacanang for authentication?aftre that ..punta na sa DFA for Red Ribbon?i hope po matulongan mo po ako..kci naguluhan po kaci ako eh ..kung ano po ba una kung gawin..thnx..Birth cert and Marriage Certificate po ang papa red ribbon ko..

irene said...

hi im irene from cebu just want to ask if the red ribbon documents had an expiration date ? coz maybe next month i will be going to manila to process my papers for abroad and i want to red ribbon my cenomar ( certificate for singleness) birth certificate , diploma. for cenomar i will bring one to the country i will be staying en i want to know if red ribbon had an expiration date . can they also send my documents by post mail in cebu or dhl ? coz i cant wait for 4 working days ,i'll be staying in manila for 2 days only just to take the exam at the Royal Dutch Consulate. i hope its not too expensive for sending it to cebu . thanks in advance my friend. your blog is helpful to people that needs some info . thanks again .i will be waiting for ur reply when u have time daaag means bye in dutch .

irene said...

hi im irene from cebu just want to ask if the red ribbon documents had an expiration date ? coz maybe next month i will be going to manila to process my papers for abroad and i want to red ribbon my cenomar ( certificate for singleness) birth certificate , diploma. for cenomar i will bring one to the country i will be staying en i want to know if red ribbon had an expiration date . can they also send my documents by post mail in cebu or dhl ? coz i cant wait for 4 working days ,i'll be staying in manila for 2 days only just to take the exam at the Royal Dutch Consulate. i hope its not too expensive for sending it to cebu . thanks in advance my friend. your blog is helpful to people that needs some info . thanks again .i will be waiting for ur reply when u have time daaag means bye in dutch .

A-Life said...

Hi Anonymous,

You go directly inside the old DFA building, do not entertain fixers from the outside. The usual procedure of getting a number, waiting for your turn and giving your document to be red ribbon. Depende sa Bansang pupuntahan mo, I was going to Dubai then and they have DHL inside na sila magdadala sa Embassy for Authentication ng red ribbon document mo and then delivered to you after few days or weeks. Please note: DFA does the red ribbon of the document: Embassy of the country you are going to does the Authentication - but courier like DHL will do this for you as you cannot do directly to the Embassy. No need to go to Malacanang. HTH, All the best.

A-Life said...

No, Red Ribbon documents doesn't have expiration date. It the same documents you can use for life. Unless, of course, something has to be change like civil status for example. You can give it to DHL once the process is done and they can send it to you directly. They have DHL inside the old DFA building. HTH! All the best.

irene said...

hallo thanks for the reply info . salamat po talaga sa tulong ... daaaaggg

chi said...

Tnx pu..sa wakas nalaman q na din na wala palang expiration ung red ribbon documents..sabi kasi ng iba meron daw pu...6mos to 1 year daw..tnx pu sa info.. God bless :))

Anonymous said...

hi! can i ask. for example i need to be red ribbon my documents like board rating, board certification? can just photocopy it and go directly to DFA for red ribbon? or there's other proces to be done?

A-Life said...

Hi,

Its the same process for all red ribbon request but you need original documents and not just photo copies.

clarith said...

pnu kumuha ng nbi with red ribbon from dfa???

clarith said...

hey pnu kumuha ng nbi with red ribbon from dfa

Anonymous said...

kailangan pa po ba ng appointment kapag magpa red ribbon?//thanks po

A-Life said...

Hi Clarith,

Go to the DFA office and bring with you your original nbi

A-Life said...

HI Anonymous,

No need for an appointment. Just go directly to the old DFA office for the red ribbon.

Anonymous said...

Hello po...Ask lng po sana ako about Red Ribbon...Mga ilang days po ba matapos magpa red ribbon ng Marriage Certificate? I cannot stay in Manila for 7 days kac may pasok po ako. Tsaka magkano po ang bayad para sa red ribbon? Please answer me.. Thanks po...GBU

A-Life said...

Hi Anonymous,

Please read my post, details mentioned.

Anonymous said...

they said that red ribbon documents have expiration now.,validity is only 1 year ,i have all my documents red ribbon all over again..it's a big hassle actually...but my agency wanted a new one so i have to repeat the processing again.

A-Life said...

Hi Anonymous,

That's odd as I have not encountered the same when I went back to Dubai just last year. And no colleague of mine has actually experienced that issue. But Thank you for the information. I will take not of that.

Dear readers,

Please take note.

Anonymous said...

saan p0 ba nagpapared ribb0n sa 0ld 0 new dfa building? at ilang araw p0 nakukuha?

A-Life said...

Hi Anonymous,

Old Building dear. Details on my post above. Please note though that this was applicable last 2010. They may change a few details.

HTH.

kilabot79 said...

Ok lang po ba kung ipapa-red ribbon ko ang mga documents kahit hindi pa ako mag-a-abroad? Naka-apply palang po ako sa agency. Indefinite pa po kung anong bansa ako magwo-work... God bless...

Anonymous said...

hi! i like your blog, it's totally informative!!! but I have one question, my aunt is in states rightnow, and she wants her papers red ribboned, can i process the papers for her or does this need her personal appearance?

A-Life said...

Hi Kilabot,

Its better to have your documents red ribbon at least you're ready, although I was advised that red ribbon has expiration of 1 year. Unlike before. That will depend if you want to go through the same process again.

Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Hello there! How are you doing today?

May I ask if they allow proxy to process a marriage certificate red ribbon. It's for my sister who is out of the country. I will be processing it for her.

Anonymous said...

meron ba office hour ng old dfa every saturday?

Anonymous said...

pwede po ba magpa-red ribbon ng saturday?

ecirol said...

Kung 5 documents po ba ipapadala thru DHL sa UAE embassy same price pa rin of Php 2135.00?

And I already had my documents na may red ribbon but it was still in 2009 na nagpa red ribbon ako. There's no expiration date, but in case if i have this renewed for red ribbon, kelangan ba dapat we have to undergo the same process like go to our old school for CHED authentication/certificate; PRC board certificate authentication? hindi naman nagbabago yung records ko. But yung PRC license ko, I have to get a new one talaga coz mag-eexpire na this month. Pati ba Certificate of employment and birth certificate red ribbon din? thanks sa reply.

Bhong said...

Red Ribbon for Certificate of Employment (COE)

This is all done in Manila City Hall near SM Manila or Central Terminal LRT Station =)
Go to room 201 and request for Authentication, just give them your Xerox/Photocopy COE and they will notarize it and you must sign the Affidavit (it all cost P150.00 from there), Then proceed to room 404 for encoding (pay P25.00), they will tell you to proceed to Window 4 just outside the room and you will (pay P75.00) for the Official Stamp. Then go back to room 404 and they will now give you the schedule for releasing of your authenticated COE so after 3-4 working days go back to manila city hall again 4th Floor Window 1,2&3 to get your authenticated COE. Now you are ready for the last step...
Go to DFA old building (in Pasay not in BACLARAN, usually many people mistaken that it's on Baclaran so be informed! AND.......BEWARE OF FIXERS OUTSIDE THE GATE JUST IGNORE THEM! or else...you'll be sorry 'coz they ask more than the usual payment) "2-4pm" on the date stated in your claim stub you got from your school. (P100.00-regular processing 4-5 days, P200.00-rush processing usually 1 day only).

That's all thank you for reading I hope this may help specially for those 1st timers...

Anonymous said...

they said fixers were just around outside dfa.., actually my friend became one of their victims.. now, my concern is.. is the documents release by those fixers is a fake one? or they really processed it in dfa? pls reply.

Anonymous said...

hi just need help do i need to bring the local civil registrar copy of my Birth Cert and Marriage Cert for AUTHENTICATION to be RED RIBBONED or only the NSO Authenticated one??? can you help me please thank you very much need your reply asap.

Hazel Grace Cruz said...

I need to process my RED RIBBON for my diploma and transcript. Where do i can process the said documents?and how much per document?and how long it will take before the release?

Looking forward to hear from you soon.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

hello. good day!just wanna make sure if red ribbon has its expiry now? thank you

Anonymous said...

hello po, sana ay matulongan ninyo ako. nais ko pong magpakasal sa abroad but they asked me about this red ribbon... sa manila DFA lng ba pwd kumuha ng red ribbon... pwd po ba sa ibang DFA, like cagayab de oro???

Unknown said...

Nasa Cotabato City ako, very far from manila. May ipinapatransact sa akin ang pinsan ko, ipa-red ribbon nya ang NBI clearance nya. Pwede bang i-mail ko nlang via LBC or DHL? Papaano ang procedure? pls... i need your reply asap.

Unknown said...

Good day! My cousin in Qatar have given me an authority to transact NBI Clearance Red Ribbon for his absence. I'm in cotabato city and from manila. My question is Can i make the red ribbon transaction via LBC or DHL? How to do it? pls.. i need your reply asap..

A-Life said...

Hi, You cannot do Red Ribbon via LBC or DHL. This procedure is only for sending it to respective Embassy for Authentication. You have to go to the office for the red ribbon. This is as far as I know. Maybe you can check from your municipality in Cotobato if reb ribbon can be done there so you don't have to fly all the way to Manila - but if you are coming anyway, go to DFA.

Anonymous said...

Hi kinuha ko ung pinared ribbon ko last week sa dfa (red building malapit sa city hall ng pasay) bale ung school ko po ung nagpasa so kinuha ko na lang siya tapos nagbayad ako ng 700. kanina may pinared ribbon ako ulit tapos ung nakasakayan ko sa jeep nagpared ribbon din tapos sabi niya 100 lang daw binayad niya... ung dfa po ba na malapit sa city hall ng pasay e totoo or mga fixers din un? Thanks

mikey said...

hello mag aask po ana ko.,mag paparedribbon ako.,may na babasa kasi ako sa mga forum na ung mga ni rredribbon daw ay ung mga doc na 3mo. old palang 22o po ba?kasi po ng pag graduate ko ng 2009 nka kuha na ako ng TOR pwedi ba ipa red ribbon un?.,thanz.,

Anonymous said...

ask lang po.. fixers din ba ung nasa pasay na acce travel and tours? true ba ung docs na binibigay nila because i paid them P700. sabi nila accredited daw un.

Anonymous said...

how much po ba ang babayaran pag nagpa red ribbon ng live birthcertificate and anu po req. na kailangan..?

Anonymous said...

Hi. Mine was getting my diploma & transcript for authentication. I went to CHED, then was told the school is the one to send those docs to them, so I went back to my school, they process it for me, told me to pay 50php for the DFA, then give me the stub for claiming the docs at DFA, process was about 15 working days. Then that day come, & I went to DFA, there's two DFA, the old & the new. I was told to go to the old one, then while I was looking for the old one, people around said that there's no more DFA there, instead point me to some place where it's written "DFA Accredited" named Godwin Travel Agency, they told me to give the stub, then paid 700, additional 100 for lbc delivey. that's all. so I have to wait for 2 more days for my docs delivered at my house. That's it, wish me luck!

Ena said...

hi po ask ko lang kasi ung tita ko nasa Qatar ,, pinapalakd nya po kasi sakin ung marriage contract nya for red ribbon..ano po ba ung requirements?pag ako ung naglakd nun ? saka po after ko ba makuha ung pinared ribbon ko do i need to go in qatar embassy?? di ko po kasi alam ang process.. and saang DFA po ba ako ppnta sa pasay or pwede na din sa my BACLARAN?? i how may mag response po.. thankyou soo much

Anonymous said...

hello there.. just want to ask po if nakatanggap na po ba ung mga na biktima ng fixers nung mga documents nila.. authenticated po ba tlga ung mga documents? we were one of those victimized of fixers,, pls po inform us if nakatanggap po ba kayo talaga ng mga documents from those travel agencies n nambiktima sa inyo, and if authenticated po ba tlga.. kinakabahan na po kasi kami, first time naming mabiktima ng mga ganito.. and we paid a big amount just to authenticate our documents tapos biglang ganito lng pla mangyayari..

Bunas Artillo said...

Omg! ako rin.na biktima kanina..tae.worried lang ako kung talagang e didiliver nila ung Cav ko..3 days working daw. ung mga nabiktima din jan.nakuha niyo ung original Cav niyo?.plzz reps..para malaman ko..

Bunas Artillo said...

Aw.Ung mga nabiktima ng fixers jan..nakuha niyo bah ung original documents niyo? answer me plzzz..para atleast alam kong makakarating ung docs ko dito sa bahay.

Anonymous said...

BEWARE TALAGA SA MGA FIXER NALOKO AKO KANINA P700 ANG SININGIL SA AKIN NG ACCE TRAVEL AND TOUR. HALOS LAHAT NG TAO NAGPAPAREDRIBBON DON BAKA NGA MGA FIXERS DIN YUN. TUMAWAG AKO SA DFA P100 LANG ANG PROCESSING KUNG REGULAR. BUKAS MAGPUPUNTA AKO SA ASEANA DFA PARA MAGFILE NG WRIITEN COMPLAINT PRA MABAWASAN YUNG NILOLOKO NILA TA PRA NA RIN MAREFUND YUNG PINAGHIRAPAN KONG PERA. TUMAWAG AKO DUN SA AGENCY PRA IREFUND NA LANG SANA UNG P700 KO PERA NAINIS AKO NUNG SINABI NILANG KAKALTASAN DAW NILA NG OFFICE CHARGE NA P200 SABI KO PUPUNTA NA LANG AKO NG DFA PARA IREPORT SILA. IBA NA PLA NGAYON ANG MODUS(MAGPAPANGGAP CLA NA NAGPAPAREDRIBBON DIN PARA MADALA KA DIN SA PUPUNTAHAN NILANG AGENCY).

CHUBBINESS said...

Hi, same thing happened to me earlier, I just like to know if u got ur ORIGINAL documents. That's the only thing I'm really worried about. Please do email me at nikki.vguitarte@gmail.com would really appreciate it....

Anonymous said...

ask ko lang po, pwede bang magpa-renew na lang ng Red Ribbon sa TOR & Diploma, yung akin kasi, sa agency sa labas ko pina-process last September 2011, nag pay ako ng 700.00

pwede bang dalhin ko na lang sa DFA mismo yung old red ribbon cert. ko, kasi nandon pa rin naman yung CHED cert, TOR at Diploma ko na certified true copy at pwede bang ipa-rush ??

Anonymous said...

mukha namang totoo na sa DFA din na process yung sa mga agency sa labas o fixers kasi yung sa akin, naka-alis naman ako papuntang Saudi Arabia last year, dun ako sa mga fixer nagpa-process, pay ako 700.00, mas mahal nga lang, 1,500 nga kung 1 day pa

Rey Dionela said...

Hi. I have a question. I already have my school records authenticated by DFA last 2010 and it was attested by the UAE Embassy. Now, I am going to work in Doha, Qatar. Can i use my old red ribbon docs (the same red ribbon attested by UAE Embassy at the back) and have it attested by the Qatar Embassy? Thanls

Anonymous said...

tanung ko lng po,,,pwede po ba ipa authenticate ang COE direct nlng sa company,wag na gumamit ng lawyer??

Anonymous said...

Hi! Sa New Bldg na po ang pagre-RED RIBBON.. BEWARE NA LANG PO SA MGA FIXERS NA HAHARANGIN KAYO SA LABAS. Thanks po..

Anonymous said...

New bldg na po ng DFA ang RED RIBBON.

Anonymous said...

HI,

Hi, Gud Day, my TOR/ Diploma/ School Certs. all were already red ribboned in the phils. way back 2006. Can you please advise if my red ribboned docs are still valid for UAE stamping thru DHL?

Thank you in advance and will await reply..

Regardsa

Anonymous said...

hello.. Meron po akong red ribbon documents processed last year September 2011 pero walang attestation. Pwede ko pa ba tong ipa-attest this time- March 2013? Needed po kasi dito sa abroad.


Hope to hear very soon. Thanks.

Cleo said...

<hi, meron po akong red ribbon document year 2011 pero walang attestation. pwede ko pa ba ipahabol ang attestation this time?
Need po kc dito sa abroad na ma-attest.

Dina Orbita said...

Hi im confused now i have my Barangay certificate now i wil use it ofcourse as proof of my residency its the original Baranggay certificate really the only paper to bring to DFA for a red ribbon or do i need to get it authenticated to the cityhall..in ButuaN CITY THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY DONT AUTHENTICATE A BARANGAY CERTIFICATE BECAUSE IT IS ALREADY THE ORIGINAL ADVICE ME PLEASE THANK YOU

rezalyn bacares said...

i been to ACCE Travel& tours today by pasay city i payed 2200 pesos for process said they contact me please help me if its that safe in there i am afraid if they are fixers

Anonymous said...

GRABE! karamihan na ata nabiktima ng fixer na acce..though same lang ng process un nga lang mas mahal ung sa kanila ng higit doble.. modus nila may mga kasabay na magpapared ribbon tapos dadalhin ka sa isang building.. putik.. chichikahin ka nila gang makarating dun.. inutang ko pa naman pinang process dun.. malaking TSK TSK TSK!!

Anonymous said...

i have my TOR and DIPLOMA and it is already authenticated by DFA (Red Ribbon) and attested in UAE EMBASSY, the problem was it has TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR in CAV (My course: Instead, BS ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING, it was written BS ELECTRONICS AND ENGINEERING) that was attached on RED RIBBON CERTIFICATE with UAE EMBASSY STAMP and AUTNHENTICATED, What should I do??, PLS HELP ME! It was too EXPENSIVE for UAE EMBASSY ATTESTATION morethan P2K+... PLS HELP ME!!! :(

Anonymous said...

i have my TOR and DIPLOMA and it is already authenticated by DFA (Red Ribbon) and attested in UAE EMBASSY, the problem was it has TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR in CAV (My course: Instead, BS ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING, it was written BS ELECTRONICS AND ENGINEERING) that was attached on RED RIBBON CERTIFICATE with UAE EMBASSY STAMP and AUTNHENTICATED, What should I do??, PLS HELP ME! It was too EXPENSIVE for UAE EMBASSY ATTESTATION morethan P2K+... PLS HELP ME!!! :(