What is Special Power of Attorney (SPA) and How To Execute While Working Abroad?


Special Power of Attorney (SPA) is a legal document that authorizes another person to act on behalf of the person who created the power of attorney, also known as the principal, in the event the principal cannot make a decision for his or herself.

According the Philippine Embassy (London), here are the guidelines:

What do I need to execute a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) to authorize someone in the Philippines to act on my behalf (like collect my pension or buy land/property in my name)?

You should submit in person a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) together with a photocopy of the data page of your passport and a fee of GBP18.00. Also, bring a valid passport to enable us to verify your identity. If you cannot personally appear before a consular officer, you have to get the SPA notarized by a notary public or any commissioner of oath, and then have the signature of the notary public authenticated by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (www.fco.gov.uk) before sending it to the Philippine Embassy for legalization.

Sample Draft of an SPA


I _______________________, hereby name, appoint and constitute _________________________ to be my true and lawful attorney, to act on my behalf and in my name, to execute and perform all or any of the following acts, deeds, matters and things, in connection with _________________________, to wit:


HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING unto our said attorney full powers and authority to do and perform all and every act requisite or necessary to carry into effect the foregoing powers, as fully to all intents and purposes as I might or could lawfully do if personally present, with full power of substitution and revocation, and hereby ratifying and confirming all that my said attorney or his substitute shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ___ day of _________ 2001, in __________________.



(Signature of Appointee)

Signed in the presence of:

__________________________           __________________________



BEFORE ME , a Notary Public for and in the __________, this ___________________, personally appeared the following:

Name                       CTC No.                      Place                                   Date

known to me and to me known to be the same person/s who executed the foregoing General Power of Attorney consisting of __ pages including the page on which this Acknowledgment is written, and who acknowledged to me that the same is their free and voluntary act and deed.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have placed my hand and seal on the date and at the place first above-written.
Doc. No.:
Page No.:
Book No.:
Series of _____.

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