It turn’s out that it is not too hard to change your Pag-IBIG membership status from being employed to voluntary paying member. It only took me less than an hour to file the change of my status. Here is the story.
A week before, I went to Pag-IBIG office Pasig branch thinking that it is the main office (or was it?) and inquired about the requirements for switching from employed to voluntary paying member. Since my previous employer already do the job of processing my Pag-IBIG MID, the lady told me to go to Antipolo city branch instead and file the change status request there since I live in that area. She told me to bring some IDs.
One week later, I went to Pag-IBIG Antipolo branch and to cut it short, I went to the section who managed the change of membership details (in my case, the membership type). I told her my employment status, that I don’t have regular job like employed people do (just to blend with people who are not aware that there is a thing called home-based workers).
She gave me a form to fill-up some information, then she mark the change of status as “individual payor”. She also let me pay the month’s contribution so I paid 200 pesos. Lastly, I fill up another form that would request the previous branch that handles my membership contributions and other details to be moved into this branch.
After almost an hour I was able to finish the process and that I have to wait for few days for it to take effect.
The change of status took 5 days to complete. I was able to verify that online. The move of my contribution details would take 30 days, but I didn’t bother checking. I have to call them to verify that as there is no online facility for those information.
After almost a month, the time I need to pay the monthly contribution, I went straight to the cashier bringing nothing but the money. To my embarrassment, she told me to bring the previous receipt. Didn’t the guard told you that? Well, the guard saw my envelop with Pag-IBIG logo on it, so he might thought that I have the proper requirements. I have the option to reproduce the receipt on one of their accounts section but I choose to go home and decided to go back next time.
I would prefer paying in payment centers instead but I have to inquire first, therefore, for this month, I’ll still head to Antipolo branch to pay. Maybe this is the last time.
That’s it. We’ll see if paying would be more convenient next time.