Any Philipino helper working in Singapore must be registered with her embassy. Going to the embassy requires to make an appointment online for many document processing but not always! There is 1 situation where no appointment is needed. How to make the distinction? Here are the explanations and details.
Registering with the Embassy means: “getting an authenticated Philipino contract”.
This registration allows the helper to get protection and assistance from her consular authorities. But that is not all. It also allows her to apply for a new passport when it has expired, to purchase an exit certificate when she goes back to the Philippines on home leave and to process any official documentation (notarial, legal, etc).
This registration may be done through 2 different channels:
> For those helpers who have been with their employer for less than 2 years, processing MUST be done through an agency accredited wih the Embassy. See the list here.
> For those helpers who have been for more than 2 years with their employer, processing MAY be done directly by the helper and her employer.
To obtain an authenticated contract (see the list of documents at the bottom of this page), the helper can come to the embassy WITHOUT an appointment: she must go to the reception area to request a queue number and then wait for her number to be called at window 1. This is the only situation where NO APPOINTMENT is needed.
ATTENTION: for those helpers going back on home leave and who already have their authenticated contract, they must purchase an OEC (overseas exit certificate) . This can be done through the following channels:
- At the Embassy in Singapore, WITH AN APPOINTMENT made online here. No walk-in is allowed to purchase an OEC.
- In the Philippines, at any POEA office. For those going to major cities, they need to secure an appointment: click here to book this POEA appointment. For those going to provinces, they can walk in at any POEA regional office without an appointment.
Please note that purchasing an OEC in Singapore or in the Philippines requires that the helper presents her valid WP together with the authenticated contract.
For those helpers who are in this situation:
- more than 2 year with their present employer;
- AND no authenticated contract yet;
- AND they need to purchase OEC for their homeleave,
- then they MUST make an appointment online; click here.
Documents required to process the authentication of the contract (direct processing):
- 2 original copies of duly completed Philipino contract signed by the employer; click here to download the contract.
- 2 original copies of undertaking of an employer (last page of Standard contract);
- Original copy of S$7000 performance bond (from any insurance company offering “maid packages”);
- Original OWWA membership renewal;
- Receipt of Pag-Ibig contribution
- 1 copy of compulsory medical insurance taken for MOM (the one paid with renewal of WP);
- 1 copy of employer’s ID
- 2 copies of helper’s work permi
The fees for processing the authentication of standard contract are as follows:
- Authentication of Contract – $ 42.50
- Verification of Contract – S$17.00
- OWWA Membership – S$42.00
- Overseas Employment Certificate – S$3.00
- Pag-IBIG Monthly Contribution – S$5.50
- Total – $110.00
The S$ 7000 performance bond costs approximately 70 SGD.
What must be paid by employer and what must be paid by helper?
> Employer must pay:
- the performance bond;
- the verification of the contract;
- the authentication of the contract;
> The helper must pay:
- the OWWA membership;
- the Pag-Ibig conribution;
- her OEC;
So now you know how it works!
> if you want to get an authenticated contract: NO APPOINTMENT!
> if you want to purchase an OEC: APPOINTMENT REQUIRED (very long delay)
> if you want to renew a passport: APPOINTMENT REQUIRED (very long delay)