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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Do You Need A Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) License To Work in Singapore?

During the interview for my first job in Singapore, several years ago, I was asked about my credentials and experiences in the Philippines.

The interview was not so tricky to the point that they asked me about "How do you see yourself 5 years from now?" or "What is your greatest strength?".

All were practical questions that were related to the previous jobs and my personality towards work.  It may be because I'm at the entry level or it's just how the company boss' interviews.

What Happened To My PRC License? 
After the interview, I handed them my credentials, passport and Philippine Regulations Commission (PRC) license.  They looked at it one by one and asked me about the first document, it's my degree in college.

As they were holding my passport, they informed me that it will only be photocopied and will be returned thereafter.

So, as they go along with the documents, they saw my PRC license and asked me about it.  I proudly told them that it is the certificate which shows the licence to practice my profession in the Philippines.

They handed it back to me and said they don't need such certificates.

This time, I was thinking that having a license in Philippines doesn't mean something if I work in Singapore.

What Do We Need To Be a Better Employee?
Basing it with the experience of my friends here, companies don't care about the PRC licenses.

Board passers and non-board passers worked together with equal treatment and compensations.

Even if you haven't pass the board exam in Philippines, you can still have the chance to work in Singapore and get a good salary.

The important factor that you need to show is your attitude towards the workplace and the will to improve your skills.

How To Be a Licensed Engineer in Singapore?
To be a licensed Mechanical, Civil, or Electrical Engineer in Singapore, you need to register at the Professional Engineers Board Singapore.  Please follow the link below for further details and requirements.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

How to Manage Money as an OFW in Singapore

OFWs are one of the lucky Filipinos who landed a job in a foreign country. At the first few months of our salary, it's either we have to
  • Pay for our debts left behind while we were preparing our documents 
  • Pay for the agent who helped us find a job 
  • Pay for our airline tickets and other expenses.
Yup, everything goes well for a month and comes the company bonuses and salary increase.  We then look for ways on how to spend it.  

We go shopping and thinking of buying something for my brother, sister, niece, aunt, cousins and everyone.  Happiness for all of them is now included in our priority.

The next few months, we buy something for ourselves such as:
  • Hand phones and tablets
  • Shoes and bags
  • Camera and other electronic gadgets...
  • Have a beauty surgery 
Guilty? Yes for some.  But, what if one day one of our family members or ourselves has an emergency involving money and the Work Pass is not renewed?

Do we have something to get out from our pockets?  Do we have Savings?

This video will help us OFWs on how to manage our money while we are still healthy and earning dollars while working in Singapore.

Please watch this and is highly recommended to all OFWs.  Please share it to others.

If you have questions and comments about this post, please feel free to leave a comment below.
You can be anonymous, for those who are shy.

You can email me at if you need some help about Singapore, but not about money, OK? :D

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