Working in Manila, Philippines

I recently considered making a move to the Philippines for work. I have some growth targets that I want to hit and the only way my boss and I thought it would work was for me to really focus my energy on our fulfilment team in Manila Philippines. Currently Im visiting my team there around 4 times a year, this throws me out a little but the reward for seeing my team and seeing the team culture of learning and helping each other do better at the job is well worth any squashed leg room on a flight or delay in flights just to be proud of the team that Ive helped develop into a very solid team of marketers.

This is a big change and for me to uproot and move over to a foreign country would be a big move considering my partner has a great job here in Perth and we have a lot keeping us here. Saying that we have both talked about what our future looks like and when would we live remotely in a place like Bali Indonesia or Manila Philippines.

After some discussion we thought it was best to do our research and see exactly what it took for us to move to the Philippines. This research below applies to us moving from Australia to Philippines.

My team is based in Ortigas, Manila a medium sized central business district.

So for those they don’t know where the Philippines is here is a visual representation of where it is on the map.

In the Philippines, there are majorly two ways in which foreign citizens can be allowed to work in the country. They are;

  • 9(g) or Pre-arranged Employment Visa
  • 9(d) or Treaty Trader’s

The pre-arranged employment visa 9(g) Visa is the most common type of visa foreigners use for work purposes in the Philippines. It is advisable to first apply for the Alien Employment Permit In order to receive the multiple-entry type of visa.

Alien Employment Permit is issued to all foreigners who plan on gainfully engaging in the work sphere in the Philippines.

The holder of the following are allowed to apply for it in Australia;

  1. Holder of a Special Investors Resident Visa (SIRV)
  2. Special Retirees Resident Visa (SRRV)
  3. Treaty Traders Visa (9d)
  4. Special Non-Immigrant Visa (47(a)2)

The requirements for an Alien Employment Permit are:

  • Duly accomplished Application Form
  • Photocopy of Passport, including visa or Certificate of Recognition for refugees
  • Contract of Employment/ Appointment or Board Secretary’s Certificate of Election
  • Photocopy of Mayor’s Permit to operate business. In case of locators in economic zones, Certification from the PEZA or the Ecozone Authority that the company is located and operating within the ecozone
  • Photocopy of current AEP (if for renewal)

Special Work Permit is Issued to a foreign national who comes to the Philippines for short or temporary assignment.

The requirements for a Provisional Work Permit are:

  • Bio-data
  • Photocopy of passport with valid visa
  • Proof of 9(g) application
  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP)
  • Contract of Employment
  • Letter request from petitioner company
  • Affidavit of Support of the petitioner company
  • SEC registration of the company
  • ITR of the company

Aside from an employment visa, the Philippine government requires non-resident foreign nationals to apply for an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) .The department responsible for this permit is the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

There is an huge number of people that live in and around the Ortigas area in Manila and the traffic can be hectic if you are not used to seeing asian countries traffic up close. Among the sprawling cityscape there are some very beautiful places that you can take a moment to soak in the landscape and local atmosphere. Its not uncommon to find golf courses and soccer parks spread throughout the urban layout of the city. I found a lot of time to go exploring on my trips and one of the best ways to do this was by foot. Getting around all the winding roads and at times heaving traffic was made a lot easier just by putting on the shoes and going for a walk around the neighbourhood.

Requirements for visa application include

  • Duly-accomplished application form (FA Form No. 3)
  • Current passport, valid for at least six months from the date of the anticipated entry into the Philippines
  • Four copies of recent passport-size photos (signed at the back)
  • Certified true copy of birth certificate and marriage certificate, if married
  • Police clearance (based on fingerprint check), issued by the Australian Federal Police or the police authorities of the place where applicant resides. Police clearance must be authenticated by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT)
  • Documentary evidence of financial capability,
  • Letter from the applicant’s bank
  • Certified true copies of land titles
  • Investment certificates
  • If applicant is a minor, an affidavit of support and consent must also be submitted
  • In case the applicant is a former Philippine citizen or has lost Philippine citizenship because of marriage to an alien, the following evidence of former Philippine citizenship must be submitted,
  • Old Philippine passport
  • Certified true copies of birth certificate
  • Certificate of naturalisation

Medical certificate Form (FA Form No. 11). The form must be accompanied by the following,

  • X-ray film
  • Laboratory reports
  • AIDS test result

The examination must be performed within the last (3) months from the date of submission to the Philippine Embassy.

For anyone that is considering living and working in the Philippines and wants more information before making the move I really hope this post helps you make up your mind. If you have had success moving to the Philippines and want to share your success story shoot me an email and Ill add you to the post. Thanks for reading.

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