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Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013
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The Philippine Embassy in Singapore early 2013 launched the appointment system for OEC following the success of their appointment system for Passport Renewal. Gone were the days were an OFW would have to reach the embassy very early to get a queue number and wait for more than half a day to get an OEC.
So before rushing to the embassy, make sure to do the following:
1) Prepare the requirements as follows:
a) Original passport (valid six months from date of departure)
b) work permit
c) roundtrip ticket*
d) OWWA membership S$42
e) employment contract*
f) Philhealth contribution receipt*
g) PAGIBIG contribution receipt
2) If you have all the requirements above, you can proceed in booking an appointment to this link (http://bmappointment.poea.gov.ph/singapore-appointments/index.php). The appointment website only works in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Click the Set an Appointment button and proceed by entering your desired schedule and your particulars. Click the Submit/Print Information Sheet button afterwards and make sure to print it as PDF incase you need to re-print your OFW Information Sheet form. Once you have submitted, there is no option to search your booking to re-print. Print 3 copies of the OFW Information Sheet. Your schedule will be printed in the form itself (upper right side).
3) If you need to change your booking appointment, there is currently no facility to change your existing booking. You can only do so by canceling your existing appointment and re-do the same procedure all over again. To cancel an appointment, you need to provide your last name, first name, birth date and passport number. Once you have cancelled your appointment, you may proceed in creating a new appointment.
4) On your appointment day, I suggest that you come at least 10 minutes early. Present your OFW Information Sheet to the guard and he will instruct you to proceed to Window 2. At window 2, show the same document and the embassy staff will give you a queue number for your designated schedule.
5) Your queue number will be called on Window 3 or 4. Submit your requirements listed above. If your OWWA is not yet updated, you may need to pay $42. Same as well if you don't have contributed to PAG-IBIG, you may need to pay S$5.50 per month. If you need more than 1 OEC, inform the embassy staff at that window.
6) Wait for your name to be called at Window 5, an OEC costs $3 (previously $5.50). Pay based on the number of requested OECs and the staff will hand over your passport and OECs.
Based on my experience last Tuesday, it took me one hour including waiting time. It would be faster in my opinion if there is one designated window for all queries. I have noticed that there are a lot cutting queue just to ask questions. Same experience when I renewed my passport. I suggest that the embassy should open an information desk so for those who have queries will be entertained. That would speed up the process a bit.
*Requirements are sometimes required. Just bring in case they are asking for it.
This post was written by: Mark Ferdinand Tayag
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