How to get a DOST SEI Travel Clearance

How to get a DOST SEI Travel Clearance

So, ok. A friend brought me to NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) yesterday to introduce me to her friend who works there. We asked for advise on how to get my NBI clearance quickly without the hassle of falling in line only to learn if I’m still on the hold departure list, again. Unfortunately, there was no way so I had to assume there hold order was still in force.

This means I have to go to DOST SEI in Bicutan and ask them to give me some sort of endorsement I can bring to the NBI next time. It was fairly simple though it took me several taxi trips from Makati to Bicutan to get some documents.

Here’s what you might need:

1) Formal letter of request addressed to the Director. You can check the current name of the assigned director here.

2) Bring your transcript of records. They might need to look at it to compare with their records.


3) Get the exact address right:

Science Education Institute
Department of Science and Technology
Room 207, 3rd Floor
PTRI Bldg., Bicutan, Taguig
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. Nos. (632) 837-1359
(632) 839-0241
Fax No. (632) 837-1924

When you arrive there, pick up a small slip at the front desk and write down the details of your scholarship. Hand it over to one of the officers there where they will check in their database the current status of your scholarship. If you’re not lucky enough, they may ask you to pay some penalties (esp. if you have failing grades) so be prepared to bring some dough. Fortunately for me, I didn’t incur any penalties.

They will then hand you an info sheet indicating their office hours and numbers along with the possible date when you can go back and get your clearance. For travel purposes, you may have to wait 2 working days. For local employment, you can get it in a day.

That’s it. Hope people searching on the web for this finds it useful.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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30 Responses

  1. markku says:

    You’re going on vacation abroad? ;)

  2. yuga says:

    Sort of. Blogging seminar in Taipei.

  3. Marc says:

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  4. eric says:

    abe wag kalimutan ang pasalubong ha. ahehe

  5. tecigurl says:

    thanks man, very helpful :) i’ll be going to myanmar as missionary for 2 weeks :) God bless us all!

  6. just droppin by… i was checking for the search results for DOST-SEI to see my site ranking.. hihihi… :)

  7. Brixter says:

    Great post! I’m going to Europe in 3 weeks and this post is very helpful.

  8. Stephen says:

    How about clearance for traveling abroad but still has an obligation to render service, any ideas how to secure a clearace / do I have to pay penalties? As far as i can remember it was stated in the contract that I have to pay a bond… but could be reimbursed when I returned. Any enlightenment? :-)

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  9. Philip says:

    Same problem with stephen up there..
    I am planning to work abroad but i still have 2 years to render here in philippines.
    what are my options for DOST to grant me the travel clearance?
    Thank you! this site is very helpful for us scholars,

  10. yuga says:

    The same is needed. However, you may be asked to place a bond. It used to be Php20k-50k, depending on the years rendered.

  11. Aethen says:

    Thanks, Yuga, very helpful. Im processing my NBI clearance also for/as a scholarship requirement.

  12. nightdrive09 says:

    Securing a clearance with DFA was very tedious for me. So be at DFA early in the morning. If youre lucky enough to complete the application process within the day, you can get the clearance the next day.

  13. andrew says:

    thanks! this is very helpful, but i failed to report after failing a subject, so i guess i’m in a big mess. been working for Four (4) years now, would this be enough to get me a clearance considering i was only a scholar for a year.

  14. andrew says:

    received a call after forwarding my transcript they say i can get my clearance now.

  15. putik! says:

    I have the same problem with the clearance too.. though i have gone to the nearest DOST office..

    I was a DOST scholar (3 yr course) and after 2 yrs of enjoying the scholarship nag leave ko for 1 yr… after 1 year di na ako nag report sa DOST…

    2yrs plus na since nag leave ako… I have enjoyed the scholarship for 2 yrs and have been working for 2 yrs plus…

    do i still need to pay the bond if ever i have plans in working abroad?

  16. putik! says:

    the only time i went to DOST was to ask for any advice.. and they told me to send a letter address to MRS OGENA… i have made the letter but have not dropped it off sa office nila.. im doubtful if it will ever reach MRS OGENA.. hehehe

  17. cleexyz says:

    i am a DOST scholar, i enjoyed being so for 3 years and then i filed a leave for 1 year. I have not yet reported since then. I am already working for 2 years and has not been reporting to DOST since that time. Do I still need to pay my bond.

  18. aimee says:

    thanks for the info, it was pretty helpful.

  19. Lance says:

    is working for bpo valid for the DOST work bond?
    say you have a computer technology course and works as a techsupport rep of DELL computers? pls enlighten me.. thanks!

  20. eejay says:

    i was a scholar way back 2001. enjoyd it for 1 sem only taking up BS Mech ENG. then i shifted to nursing, finished the degree and has been working as a college instructor since july 2005. is there a big posibility that i have to pay in order to get a clearance?

    need it for NBI clearance and their record shows that i need to work for the same amount of time that i have enjoyd the scholarship. guess i have done it alredi..need ur advice pls…


  21. Che says:

    Wla b pwedeng email address for me to followup my application? Laging busy ang line 837-1333
    Or can someone give me other line please….

  22. monica says:

    some co-scholars and I had a talk about NBI clearances, departures, rendering, etc… ang info sa’min is kahit kelan mo ibigay ung certificate/s proving you have rendered your service as long as kumpleto is pwede. ex: 4 years kang hindi nagparamdam sa dost, pero after that, magrereport ka sa office nila and hand them your certificates :D …pwede ring paunti-unti. ex: 1year kang nagwork tapos pwede ka ng magbigay ng certificate sa kanila para parang installment. to-follow na lang ung iba :D …new subject — so sad kasi may kakilala ako na 2 years nyang ngamit ung scholarship and yet after 5-7 yrs, never xang nagreport ulit sa dost and now she has gone to abroad. tsk tsk. i wonder if dinodouble check tau ng dost………..

  23. gayward says:

    Just in case somebody (DOST Scholar) wants to finish his bonding contract and wants to get their DOST-SEI FINAL CLEARANCE you will be needing at least 3 weeks to get it… well based from “our” experiences.

    Find out what are the requirements need by reading my (“our” stories rather) story by clicking this link or just copy and paste this URL:

    Thanks yuga…

  24. survivor says:

    Wow salamat sa idea. Pero ako nakalusot hindi ako hinarang and im working now here abroad nag visit visa me without nbi clearance just my passport and visit visa. ive enjoyed my scholarship for 3 1/2 years then AWOL na. i dont even rendered service sa atin. Ewan ko lang baka pag balik ko dun ako singilin. kaya ayaw ko pang magbakasyon im 2yrs working now here in abroad.

  25. sheila says:

    i am leaving this april. di pa ko nakakapagsubmit ng requirements for the clearance. aabot p kaya? and what about the nbi clearance? kelangan ko pa un clearance from dost before ko bgyan ng nbi? need ur help guys. tnx :)

  26. sheila says:

    dost reg3 called me up after they receive my papers. and told me na hindi pwde un work ko. im a bs math maj in comp sci grad and nsa banking industry ko. anyone u know n my same case dn 2lad sakn?

  27. tara says:

    Sheila, I wonder why ganun ang case mo. What I understand is that as long as you work in the Philippines, that is a return of service. I was a scholar before {undergrad} and had my scholarship terminated because I flunk some major subjects. I called them up and I was told na wala na ko obligation sa dost. When I took my NBI clearance {for abroad} di naman ako nakahold. if you still have the contract, basahin mo sya. I think you can plead your case and emphasize that working in the Philippines is a sort of return of service.

  28. Mary Jane Habiling says:

    Hi, I am a fellow DOST Scholar for two years(Technical Course) i just wanna know if DOST will accept my COE that I worked as clerk/computer operator in our church for two years. Will they accept that for them to issue my final clearance? Any idea guys?

  29. Ibyang says:

    Hi everyone. Three times na akong kumuha ng dost travel clearance. Most recent is this month (August) for graduate studies. Two years na akong employed so DOST made some re-computations as to the amount of bond I had to post. Yung other trips ko, wala akong binayaran. You can check what I did here Hope it helps

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