Are You Eligible For A Pardon Under The Criminal Records Act {CRA}?

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Everyone deserves a second chance. If a criminal record is affecting your life, there may be some good news. The government implemented changes to the Criminal Records Act {CRA} in 2012 to make it easier for those who have paid for their mistakes to get a fresh start. Companies like Pardon Applications can help you with the process.

What is the Criminal Records Act?

It’s a piece of legislation that suspends the criminal records of people who have been successfully rehabilitated. It takes any official documentation of a criminal conviction out of the automated criminal records system and files it separately. This means that when you apply for a job or other actions that requires a criminal background check, your record won’t come up.

One of the changes made was to rename Canadian Pardon to Record Suspension in order to take some of the stigma out of the conviction. Those who are eligible have shown good conduct and are no longer engaged in criminal activities, so their past should no longer affect their future.

What Does a Pardon Accomplish?

The short answer is that it can change your life. Having even a minor record following you around can limit your ability to travel, make you ineligible for bonding, keep you from getting a job or even stop you from furthering your education. There’s also the shame attached to having to disclose past mistakes.

How Do You Apply for a Records Suspension?

There are a few preliminary requirements you must meet before submitting your application to the Pardon & U.S. Waiver Officers board. These include completing your sentences and passing the waiting period of five years. The rest of the process mainly involves obtaining records and filling in forms. The records you’ll need are:

  • Convictions, Conditional and Absolute Discharges form
  • Court records
  • Military Conduct Sheet, if you’re a member or former member of the military
  • Local Police Records Check{s}, Proof of Citizenship or Immigration Documents
  • Photocopy of any documentation to support your identification

Once you have all of that gathered together, you’ll need to obtain and fill in Schedule 1 Exception, Record Suspension Application and Measurable Benefit/Sustained Rehabilitation forms. Place all of these items together, and send them with a processing fee of $631.00 {CDN} along with your application. Then all you need to do is wait a short time for an answer.

Going through the process alone may be stressful and confusing. If you think you’re a candidate to get your record suspended, talk to a lawyer about your situation. This act was meant to give people like you some relief so they can move forward with the lives.

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Zambales Miners Appeal To DENR To Lift Suspension on Mining Companies

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When the people’s primary source of income is being taken away from them, expect them to be adamant about putting up a good fight and do anything they can to get back what was taken away from them. Over a thousand miners in Zambales took to the streets, and visited one barangay after another on Saturday, urging their fellow citizens to join them in their petition to lift suspensions on 4 major mining companies in the area. These mining companies are the main source of income for a majority of people in the province who were originally earning through seasonal jobs at farmlands. Now that their jobs are in peril they worry about how they can manage to support their families and provide for their day-to-day needs.

Here is a brief summary about the tales of our miner brothers in Zambales:

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Over 1,000 mine workers in Sta. Cruz town in Zambales gathered on Saturday, 09 August 2014, morning in what was believed to  be an opening salvo for the worker’s campaign in defense of the mining operation in their area. The worker’s caravan in this province rich in nickel and chromite is calling their local officials’ support in the fight to win back their jobs. On Sunday, a special mass for the workers’ plight will also be held at the St. Michael Parish Church in line with this campaign.

The fate of more than 3,000 workers, mostly from this town, now hangs in the balance after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau {MGB} and Environmental Management Bureau {EMB} Region III of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources suspended the operations of four mining firms in Cental Luzon namely Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation, Benguet Corporation Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., and LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc last month.

The workers of these companies have recently formed a group called Coalition of Mine Workers, Families, and Communities {CMWFC} to press the resumption of the mine operations of the four companies and the lifting of the cease and desist and suspension orders issued separately by the DENR on 09 June and 15 July, respectively.

“Since the mining operations here in Zambales, thousands of residents here have become the immediate beneficiaries of the new jobs created and the services these companies have rendered for the communities,” Orlan Mayor, spokrespersonof the CMWFC said.

Orlan Mayor said with the temporary closures of the four mining companies, who are among the top nickel producers in the country, it is the Sta. Cruz town and its citizens who bear the full brunt of the government’s sanctions. 

“We are supposed to receive our salary next week. What will happen to all of our families now that we don’t have jobs?” says workers who lost their jobs.

The prospects of finding new jobs for these workers are dim with only farming, apart from mining, as the primary source of livelihood in the province. Mayor added that “marami sa mga manggagawang nawalan ng trabaho ay hindi nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral dahil sa kahirapan, at tanging minahan lamang ang nagbigays sa kanila ng pagkakataon na makahanap ng trabaho na walang diskriminasyon sa antas ng pinag-aralan, basta masipag ka at handang matuto ay binibigyan ng pagkakataon.”

These workers hired by the mining companies previously worked as laborers or farm workers for small-scale/backyard farms and earned not even half of the minimum wage they now get from the mining industry, besides the fact that as farm workers their jobs are seasonal. 

The potential loss for the municipality who gets a hefty sum in taxes and fees from mining companies was also seen to affect the Sta. Cruz people.

“This is apart from the fact that the local small businesses in Zambales were pushed up by the thriving mining industry here,” he said. “The local businesses that experienced an upbeat in their sales since the full operation of the mining companies are now in fear of possible significant loss in their income,” Mayor added. 

Around 7am on Saturday, the workers with their families and children in tow converged at the Sta. Cruz Amphitheater. They traveled in a convoy and made a stop at each barangay hall in Sta. Cruz to air their concern and urge their barangay leaders to rally behind them. 

The workers’ group belied the allegations of the mining firms’ violations, saying all of them which the DENR has used as bases for issuing its orders “were either conceived by wild imagination or bloated by the anti-mining group led by Dr. Benito Molino.” They are referring to the statement of Dr. Molino that “libu-libong ektarya na ng mga sakahan ang apektado ng nickel at libu-libong mga magsasaka ang nawalan o bumaba ang ani.” 

“Results of the investigations of the local offices of the DENR and the Department of Agriculture in Zambales showed that only 30 hectares of land are affected by the nickel erosion and these are owned by 30 individuals contrary to the claims that there are thousands of hectares of farmlands affected,” the group presidend said. The group also recently found out that Dr. Molino indicated his plan to enter the local political arena. In the interview by he admitted that “…the people here in Sta. Cru ay matagal na nila akong kinukumbinsi para maging mayor.”

Majority of the fishponds allegedly affected by the mining operations were found to be operating illegally and without the necessary permits issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the DA, and their respective barangays. 

Believing that it’s high time that the majority of the populace raise their voices against a handful of propagandist ~ whose only aim is to derail the social and economic development brought about by the mining operations; the coalition also calls on their fellow citizens to speak out and not fall prey at the political agenda of this pseudo anti-mining group. 

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List of School Suspensions on 19 August, 2013 due to Typhoon Maring

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As of 6am today, 19 August 2013, the Malacañang Palaca released a statement on suspension of work in government offices in Metro Manila, as well as of classes in all levels in the provinces of Pangasinan, Benguet, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro and Metro Manila. This is due to the effects of Typhoon Maring and the enhanced southwest monsoon.

Classes from pre-school to high school are suspended in these areas:

  1. Mandaluyong City
  2. Navotas City
  3. Pasay City
  4. Taguig City
  5. Valenzuela
  6. Angeles, Pampanga
  7. Antipolo, Rizal
  8. Bocaue, Bulacan
  9. Bacoor City
  10. Dagupan, Pangasinan
  11. Hagonoy, Bulacan
  12. Malolos, Bulacan
  13. Meycauayan, Bulacan — Barangays of Bayugo, Gazak, Longos, Calvarion, Zamora, Saluysoy and Pandayan only
  14. San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan
  15. Morong, Rizal
  16. Olongapo City
  17. Olongapo, Zambales
  18. San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
  19. Bocaue

Classes in all levels are suspended in the following areas:

  1. Caloocan
  2. Cainta
  3. Makati
  4. Malabon
  5. Manila
  6. Marikina City
  7. Muntinlupa City
  8. Parañaque City
  9. Pasig
  10. Pateros
  11. San Juan City
  12. Cainta, Rizal
  13. Montalban, Rizal
  14. Cavite
  15. Dinalupihan, Bataan
  16. Jalajala, Rizal
  17. Marilao, Bulacan
  18. Laguna
  19. Obando, Bulacan
  20. Rodriguez, Rizal
  21. San Mateo, Rizal
  22. Subic, Zambales
  23. Taytay, Rizal
  24. Bataan

Keep yourselves updated with the latest weather forecast mums by visiting You  may also keep track of the hashtag #walangpasok on Twitter for real-time updates.

By the way, do not forget to keep these hotline numbers handy, too:

  • National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council {NDRMMC} hotlines ~ {02} 911-1406/ {02}912-2665/ {02} 912-5668/ {02} 911-1873
  • Red Cross Hotline  ~ 143/ {02} 527-0000/ {02} 527-8385 to 95
  • DSWD ~ {632} 931-8101 to 07, local 426 {Disaster Response Unit}/ {02} 951-7119


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