How to get a Special Power of Attorney that you will use in the Philippines


We have some legal documents that needs to be sign in the Philippines. But the problem is we are now living in Canada and we need a Special Power of Attorney to make that happen.

I would like to share to you our experience in getting a Special Power Of Attorney in Philippine Consulate General Calgary.

Last April 26, we went to Calgary with my husband and 2 kids, the purpose of the trip was to get an SPA at Philippine Consulate General Calgary and to have a holiday in Calgary and Edmonton.

We called it - 'Travel with a Purpose'.

Myself and my 2 kids ( husband was busy doing Google Map)

Lets Start:

What is Special Power of Attorney?

Appointing a Special Power of Attorney means legally authorizing another person  called an attorney-in-fact, the right to act on behalf of another person, known as the principal.

In other words, by writing a Special Power of Attorney (SPA), an individual is giving another person or designates another person to do a particular act in his or their behalf.

And because we are now living here in Canada, i need a trusted person to act in our behalf.

The most common use of Special Power of Attorney is when you are buying or selling a property in the Philippines. And you can also use a SPA if you need to sign an agreement or contract or managing a business in the Philippines.


The Special Power of  Attorney that we will be using in the Philippines need to be Consularized / Notarized by a Consular Officer at the Philippine Consulate General and because we are living in the Province of Saskatchewan, we need to go the the nearest PCG in Canada, and that is in Calgary. We shall need to appear personally and sign in PCG Calgary.

Philippine Consulate General Calgary
517 10 Avenue Southwest
9th floor, Suite 921, Calgary, AB
T2R 0A8
(NOTE: this picture is not the building of PCG, instead in front of this picture is the PCG Building, (sorry to confused you)


Requirements:

  1. Documents to be notarized plus one photocopy of the said document/s.
  2. Present Valid Photo Id/s (eg. Philippine Passport (Filipino Citizen), Canadian Passport (Canadian Citizen), Drivers License) plus one Photocopy of the said valid id.
  3. Sign the document/s in front of the Consular Officer, with two witnesses signing over in their printed names in the document/s.
  4. Fee: CAD 33.75 per document (CASH Only)


SOME TIPS:

The Philippine Consulate General Calgary does not have a public Photocopying machine, so before you go there, you need to photocopy your documents and valid ID/s already.
And also for you to save time, you  better do your Special Power of Attorney letter by yourself, although they also have the blank SPA form that you can use.

SAMPLE SPA BLANK FORM
What i did, i make the letter of SPA ahead of time, i draft a list of each special power i want to assign in the SPA that needs to be authorized, i photocopy the document (SPA) and the valid id.

And bring it all together (don't forget you need to bring the original valid photo id that you will be using.)

The documents will be released after 2 to 3 business days, so if you are out of the province of Alberta and don't want to go back just to get the document/s.
You have an option to mailed back the document/s to you.
You just need to bring and submit a self-addressed Xpresspost Envelope.

Xpresspost Envelope that we used.

Overall we only spent less than 30 minutes in processing the Special Power of Attorney Document.

And today May 2, i already received the Special Power of Attorney Documents and i am now preparing it to send in the Philippines.

If you have any comments or questions just put it on in a comment section of this Blog and i will do my best to answer you.


Comments

  1. Wow !Super helpful. Thank you so.much.Thank you for sharing again .God bless you more

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  2. Third, you can continue to determine how many copies you want to make. photostat machine

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  3. Hi, so i just need to draft an SPA and bring it to PCG and everything will be done there? Doni need to make an appointment for that?

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  4. Hi, so i just need to draft an SPA and bring it to PCG and everything will be done there? Doni need to make an appointment for that?

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    1. There is a new advisory from PCG, Calgary. That starting June 1, (in the meantime), those who wish To have their documents notarized/legalized are advised to submit their applications by mail.

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    2. Thanks for reading my blog!

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  5. Hi, does the document needed to be signed by the person or other party you have appointed?

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    1. Or just the document without signatures yet would suffice?

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    2. Yes, Sign the document/s in front of the Consular Officer, with two witnesses signing over in their printed names in the document/s.

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  6. Hi, I need SPA -do i need to go in PCG or just mail it?

    Thanks!

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  7. Hi, still by mail for SPA? Thanks

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    1. If you already notarized and certified your document (SPA), then no need to go to PCG, just mail the document together with the requirements.

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  8. Hello, so kahit Canadian citizen na pareho lang ang process? Imbes na Phil passport, Canadian passport ang i-present? May property kasi akong ibebenta sa Pinas na nabili ko while still a Filipino. I need a consularized SPA para iprocess ang deed of sale at transfer of title. Thanks in advance sa reply.

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    1. Hi, inde po ako sigurado kung Canadian Citizen, pero pede po kyong tumawag sa PCG para mag inquire..
      thanks!

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  9. Hello, if I download a form for SPA and mail it to PCG together wiyh the requirements, do I need to go there as well because we live here in Saskatchewan.

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    1. Make sure lang na complete and documents. There’s no need to go there.
      Thanks!

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  10. Just want to make sure, so does your representative need to sign the SPA before you take the form to the PCG office? TIA

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    1. If you mean “witnesses”, the witnesses need to sign the documents in front of the officer at the PCG office. (you can ask or make “pakiusap” to other people there to be your witness).
      Thanks!

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    2. Hi, I meant the person that will be have the SPA for you who is in the Philippines, not the witnesses. TIA again!

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    3. Oh, Sorry, I misunderstood..
      You “don’t need signature” from your representative from the Philippines.

      Thanks!

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  11. Hi can you please advise me how to get SPA I'm here in FLIN FLON Canada and due to some restriction due to Covid 19 its hard to travel.
    Thank you.

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    1. https://www.momathome.net/2019/05/how-to-get-spa-without-need-to-appear.html?m=1

      Please click the link above and i hope it will help you.

      Thanks!

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  12. Hi - do we need 2 witnesses to notarize the SPA? Paano kung 1 witness lang ang available, puwede bang makiusap sa notary public kung puwede isang staff nila? Thanks.

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    1. Pwede makiusap sa mga tao nandun para maging witness sila.

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  13. Hi again, ask ko lang po sa Principal signatory dapat po ba nakasulat yung full name? thank you

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  14. hi pa help ano pwede kong ilagay na reason sa spa kapag ibang tao ang sasama sa bata para kumuha ng passport nya na nasapinas

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  15. Ilagay nyo lang po yun name ng sasama sa bata para sa pagkuha ng passport.

    Thanks po.

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  17. Hi She! Pwede bang i fold yung SPA document kasi medium size na Xpresspost ang nabili ko. Sana po mag reply kayo. Thank you!!

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