Minnie, one of my Pinay Seoulites friend here in Seoul, had requested us, on behalf of her Korean friend, to bring along with us a 12-year old Korean girl to the Philippines. The girl will be staying in the Philippines for three months with a family she, nor her parents, has never met. Want to know the pressure to learn and to speak English? Talk to this Korean family:-) or any Korean family for that matter.
It isn’t a bother to us. We just hope that we won’t be encountering any problem with the Immigration upon entrance to the Philippines, having a minor not related with us. Anyhow, we got the following requirements from Section 29(a)(12) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940:
A Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) is required for children below 15 years old who are travelling to the Philippines unaccompanied by or not joining his/her parent/s to the Philippines.
The WEG Order will be issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the port of entry upon submission by the WEG applicant of the following requirements:
- Affidavit of consent by either parent or legal guardian of the child, naming therein the person who will be accompanying the child to the Philippines and with whome the child will stay while in the country. The said Affidavit must be duly notarized by a local notary public or the consular officer at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the applicant’s country or residence;
- Clear photocopy of the data page of the child’s passport;
- Clear photocopy of the data page of the passport of the accompanying adult or guardian, and:
- Payment of the Immigration fees (currently P3,120.00 per child)
I hope that when the girl comes back to Korea after the winter vacation, she will have a significant improvement on her English skills. The parents will be paying 4 million won for her entire 3 months stay in the Philippines. The younger sister will be following on the last week of December. That’s another expense for English education. But for parents to see their desired improvement reflected on their children, I guess the financial considerations will be secondary.