How To Get a Special Power of Attorney in the Philippines and Extra Tips for OFWs Abroad

By Lyza Paloma July 20th, 2020 Posted in Guide for Filipinos, Travel Blog 3 Comments

If you are busy, out of the country, or too far from the offices and you need to process your documents you can authorize a representative to do so on your behalf. A Special Power of Attorney is a document where the Principal appoints an Agent to perform acts or specific transactions on their behalf. Here’s a guide on Getting a Special Power of Attorney in the Philippines or Abroad.

Getting a Special Power of Attorney in the Philippines or Abroad
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You can make your own SPA or go to the nearest law office and get one typed for you. You will also need to have it notarized. Please also note that your agent or attorney-in-fact is only limited to what is indicated on the SPA and can’t go beyond. Read more below!

Special Power of Attorney

You can prepare for your SPA or go to the nearest law office for a SPA. Edit the one below, and print 4 copies in a long-bond paper.



I, (name of the Principal), of legal age, Filipino Citizen, married/single, with the address of (address), do hereby name, constitute, and appoint,(name of Agent), of legal age, Filipino citizen, married/single, and a resident of (address), to be my true and lawful attorney-in-fact to do and perform the following acts and things, to wit.

To authorize my Attorney-in-Fact to (purposes).

HEREBY GIVING AN GRANTING unto my said attorney-in-fact full power and authority whatsoever requisite or necessary or proper to be done and about the premises as fully to intents and purposes as I might or could lawfully do if I am personally present or cause to be done under and by virtue of these presents.

In WITNESS WHEREOF, we have set our hands on this ____ day of (month) (year) at (address or location).

(Name of Principal – Sign above it)


(Name of Agent)
Attorney In Fact



Republic of the Philippines)
Province of                        ) S.S.
Municipality of                   )

BEFORE ME, this _____ day of (month), (year) at (address), personally appeared, the aforementioned parties, known to me to be the same persons who executed the foregoing instrument and they acknowledged to me that the same is their free and voluntary act and deed.

Doc no. _____
Page No. _____
Book No. _____
Series of_____

Step-by-Step Guide on getting a Special Power of Attorney in the Philippines

STEP 1: Prepare a SPA (you can use the format above) and print 4 copies on a long bond paper.

STEP 2: Go to the lawyer’s office and sign the document. Usually, people sign this before going to a lawyer, but the proper things are signing in front of them.

STEP 3: Pay the fee and get your SPA notarized. The cost can be PHP 100 – 150, as per experience, however, it can be more expensive or cheap depending on the lawyer

STEP 4: You can now give the SPA to your representative. He/she can do what’s on the SPA.

Consularized Special Power of Attorney

If you are a Filipino that is out of the country and wish to have a representative in the Philippines to do things on your behalf, you can go to the nearest Philippine Embassy and execute a SPA.


  • Special Power of Attorney Form, you can check the Philippine Embassy’s Website – Here’s a Sample from the Philippine Embassy in Singapore
  • Philippine Passport or Valid ID (photocopy)
  • Personal Appearance with Two Witnesses
  • Notarial Fee Payment

Step-by-Step Guide on getting a Consularized Special Power of Attorney Abroad

STEP 1: Check the Philippine Embassy’s website and find the form for a SPA. Print this and fill it up.

STEP 2: Go to the embassy near you with your witnesses and documents. Sign it in front of the consular officers.

STEP 3: Pay the notarial fee.

STEP 4: Wait for the document to be ready. The officers will contact you if it is.

STEP 5: Claim your Consularized SPA and send it to your representative in the Philippines.

Getting a Special Power of Attorney in the Philippines or Abroad
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And that’s how you get a Special  Power of Attorney in the Philippines. It’s beneficial, especially if you don’t have time to process your documents. You can also get one abroad and send this to your representative in the country. Good luck!

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Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I’m aiming to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.​​

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3 thoughts on “How To Get a Special Power of Attorney in the Philippines and Extra Tips for OFWs Abroad

  1. Hi. My sister, who lives in Dubai, and her boyfriend who now works in Australia, want to give me a SPA to accept their condo during turnover on their behalf (co-owners of condo). Do they individually execute the SPA for me? Or is it ok if her bf sends her a signed SPA and she executes it in Dubai?

  2. Lyza, thanks for posting this article. I live in the United States, and I was told that because of the Apostille Convention and that The Philippines is now part of that Convention as of May 2019, I no longer can get a red ribbon from the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC, USA.

    Please let me know if your article provides tips before or after the new procedures made possible by the Apostille. Thank you

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends.

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