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Bonjour. Mabuhay.

 

News for OFWs vacationing in the country.

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THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is urging overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to have their overseas employment certificate (OEC) or travel exit clearance processed early.

POEA Administrator Carlos Cao Jr. said: “to avoid long lines at the Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center, overseas Filipino workers should get their OECs as soon as they arrive instead of flocking to the POEA main office immediately after Christmas and New Year’s Day.”

“Returning OFWs could (also) secure their exit clearance at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) nearest their jobsite even before their flight to the Philippines,” he said in Monday advisory as the agency prepares for the arrival of thousands of OFWs this holiday season.

Workers going to the provinces may also have their exit clearance at the POEA regional offices nearest their residence. POEA offices are located in the cities of Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio, Tuguegarao, San Fernando in La Union, Clark Field in Pampanga, Calamba, Legazpi, Tacloban, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Zamboanga.

OFWs may also use the OEC courier system that is available online at http://www.citizenservices.com.ph/poea.

Cao said considered as “balik-maggagawa” are workers on vacation or on leave from employment under valid and existing employment contract/s and are returning to the same employer/s regardless of any change in jobsite to finish the remaining unexpired portion of the contract; a worker who was rehired by the same employer after finishing his/her contract and who is returning to the same employer regardless of a change in jobsite; and a returning worker whose employment contract was not processed with the POEA but was subsequently verified and registered with the Polo in the jobsite and who is returning to the same employer either as a worker-on-leave or rehire, regardless of any change in jobsite.

Meanwhile, Cao dismissed as exaggerated some comments from recruiters that job orders may be cancelled due to the delay in the processing of OFW employment at the POEA.

He said while “there was a slight delay in the processing time of documents after the reassignment of some frontline employees, the lag did not stretch to 15 days as reported to cause lost employment opportunities.”

He also attributed the delay to the four-day-long weekend from October 29 to November 1, 2011 and the three-day-long weekend from November 5-7 due to holidays. “A special task force formed has already decongested the processing backlog.

 

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/business/2011/12/06/poea-exec-tells-ofws-get-exit-clearance-early-194309

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

News bit for OFWs:

MANILA, Philippines – A recruitment industry expert considers the 600,000 job orders for Filipinos announced by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) as “bloated” and “leftovers” from previous years.

In a statement, recruitment specialist Emmanuel Geslani said the 600,000 jobs have been compiled or “leftovers” from previous years, and are not “new” ones as what government officials have been implying.

He said the recruitment industry was able to deploy 322,198 new hires in 2010, which is only 40% of the available job orders accredited by POEA.

This is considerably down from 326,156 and 347,000 in 2009 and 2008, respectively. He said these posts are difficult to fill up because the country lacks qualified manpower.

What the industry saw was a surge in re-hires, which means that fewer Filipinos are qualified to work abroad because of the lack of skills and experience, he said.

There are 781,710 rehires in 2010, a jump from 600,000 in 2008 and 742,447 in 2009.

The POEA claimed the 600,000 job orders came from 120 countries.

More than 50,000 household workers are needed in Hong Kong, while Taiwan is open to 40,000 factory workers, it said.

It added 21,000 construction workers are also needed in Kuwait.

Even with the looming Saudization policy, Saudi Arabia is still open to 16,000 Filipino nurses, it added.

In Switzerland, on the other hand, companies need 411,000 health care professionals such as nurses and caregivers.

“Some of those countries in Europe have complicated entry requirements and language barriers which our workers may find difficult to overcome especially with the crackdown on illegal migrants and millions of jobless EU workers,” Geslani said.

He also revealed the Senate Committee on Labor and Employment will investigate these “bloated numbers,” which allegedly has been the source of human trafficking and illegal recruitment problems.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/07/17/11/%E2%80%98gov%E2%80%99t-bloating-numbers-job-orders-ofws%E2%80%99

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POEA Exit Clearance Delivery Service

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

OFW updates for getting Overseas Exit Clearance (OEC).

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Advisaory no. 30 states that starting July 1, the POEA is implementing a new procedure in the processing of exit clearance of balik-manggagawa or returning workers.

All Balik-Manggagawa (BM)/ vacationing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are hereby informed on the revised procedures in the processing of BM travel exit clearance which will be will be adopted by the Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center (BMPC) at the POEA main office.

The revised procedure intends to address the long queues and waiting time of BM workers applying for travel exit clearance by adopting adjustments in the procedures and processing time.

The new system will also allow the workers to efficiently rnanage their time allocation for securing BM travel exit clearance.

Under the new system, BM processing shall be adjusted into two (2) phases:

Phase 1

a) Submission of application with the required supporting documents at designated
b) Windows/Counters.
c) Evaluation of documents for completeness and compliance with requirements
d) On-line verification
e) Evaluation
f) If documents are in order, worker is issued a Claim Stub which he/she presents the following day, at the same time, for the release of his/her documents, prior to assessment and payment of fees.
· If not a BM, worker is referred to Name Hire Unit for Name Hire processing.
· If with compliance, worker is referred to the Supervisor or concerned office with compliance slip.
g) Encoding

Phase 2
· Worker shall present his/her Claim Stub at designated Windows on designated day and time.
· Release of documents to worker.
· Worker proceeds to Assessments.
· Payment of fees
· Release of travel exit clearance / e-receipt.

With the new system and to avoid unnecessary inconvenience, workers are hereby reminded to strictly observe the date and time of release of documents and to secure BM travel exit clearance ahead of their flight schedules not on the actual date departure.

You can also have your OEC delivered door-to-door via oecdelivery.com.ph

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Recruitment of Filipino workers to Saudi declined — POEA
POEA: Saudization Will Not Be Implemented On ‘Full Scale’

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

OFW News:

A Filipino migrant rights watchdog has urged the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to reconsider a new procedure for travel clearances for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

According to the Migrante-Middle East, POEA should first consult OFW groups and leaders on the procedure.

Meanwhile, the POEA Wednesday clarified that the one-day processing period for the overseas employment certificates (OEC) of vacationing overseas Filipino workers (OFW) is still in place.

In a one-page advisory Wednesday, POEA Administrator Carlos Cao Jr. said its previous advisory was only meant to provide OFWs management over their time by reducing the long queues at the POEA main office in Mandaluyong City.

“Further to POEA Advisory No. 30, Series of 2011, on the revised procedures in the processing of Balik-manggagawa (BM) or returning workers, it is hereby clarified that the existing one-day processing of BM documents is still in place,” he said.

Last week, Cao said new procedure for getting an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) that serves as a travel clearance for all OFWs would “allow to efficiently manage OFWs time in securing travel exit clearance by adjusting the processing time in two phases.”

Under the new POEA policy, all returning OFWs can submit the application and all the necessary requirements for securing exit clearance before the POEA for appropriate evaluation.

POEA Revives Validation Of OFW Exit Clearance At NAIA

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

For our vacationing OFWs, here’s an update on the new policy for checking Overseas Exit Clearance at the airport.

Starting March 1, 2011, overseas Filipino workers leaving the country through Ninoy Aquino International Airport will have to pass through the labor assistance centers of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to validate their exit clearance.

POEA Administrator Carlos Cao Jr. said in a release he is restoring the validation of OFW documents at the NAIA terminals 1, 2 and 3, as this is necessary to ensure that only workers who are properly documented or have passed through the legal processes are allowed to leave the country.

“With the validation system in place, POEA is able to check on workers who are carrying tampered or fake travel documents secured through illegal means,” the release stated.

It added that validation of the exit clearance, also called the overseas employment certificate (OEC) or e-receipt, can be done in less than a minute through electronic connectivity.

More validation machines will also be put in place for a faster service to some 3,500 OFWs who leave the airports daily, he said.

Cao likewise stressed that the exit clearance validated at the NAIA terminal shall be valid only up to the date of the confirmed flight.

Re-validation shall be allowed only for a flight that has been cancelled or re-scheduled for valid reasons, he said.

Cao added that the POEA will put up special lanes for OFWs deployed by recruitment agencies that are recipients of performance awards.

In March 2008, the POEA, then headed by Rosalinda Baldoz who is now Labor Secretary, dropped the validation of OFW documents through the labor assistance centers (LAC) at international airports, following a directive from then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to streamline processes in OFW deployment.

Recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani earlier urged the POEA to bring back the OEC validation through the LACs, as the system proved effective against illegal deployment and human trafficking.

Apart from LACs at NAIA, the POEA also has centers at Mactan International Airport in Cebu, Davao International Airport in Davao, and Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Pampanga.

 

Make sure you have your OEC handy before your return flight to your jobsite. You can opt to do it personally at the POEA offices or process it online at www.oecdelivery.com.ph

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Bagong Bayani ka ba na nagbabakasyon?

Here are some guides that you might find useful to get an Overseas Exit Clearance.

Documentary Requirements

  • Valid Passport
  • Re-entry  visa,  work   permit,  or any  equivalent  document
  • Proof that worker is returning to the same employer (company ID, employment certificate, pay slip, etc.)

Household Service Workers returning to  Singapore shall present a copy of latest employment contract duly verified by the POLO in Singapore.

Government Fees

·        P 100.00                                   –   POEA Processing Fee

·        P 900.00                                   –   Philhealth Coverage Premium

·        US$ 25.00 or peso equivalent    –   OWWA Membership Fee

A Worker-on-Leave with valid OWWA membership and  PhilHealth coverage shall  only pay  Php 100.00 for POEA processing  fee

Forms of Exit Clearance

Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) – issued by the POLOs and other regional offices.

E-receipt integrated receipt for payments of POEA, OWWA, and Philhealth fees that also serves as the exit clearance at the airports.  E-receipts are issued by the POEA central office, POEA Cebu, and POEA La Union.

The e-receipt  and OEC are issued in 5 copies, a copy each for the POEA, the OFW, LAC, airline, and airport authority and are valid for 60 days from the date of issuance.

Multiple Travel Exit Clearance (MTEC)

The multiple travel exit clearance is a set of two or more clearances issued to airline cabin crew, flight attendants, off-shore workers, and other workers for use as an exit document that is valid for twelve months from date of issue.

Where to get the Balik-Manggagawa Exit Clearance

Filipino Workers-on-Leave or Balik-Manggagawa may now secure Exit Clearance from the following:

1. Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs)

Returning workers may have their exit clearance processed at the POLOs nearest their jobsites prior to departure to the Philippines.

2. POEA Central Office

Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center, Ortigas Ave. corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City

3. POEA Regional Offices

Located in Baguio City; San Fernando City, La Union; Clark Field Angeles City; Calamba City; Legaspi City; Tacloban City; Iloilo City; Bacolod City; Cebu City; Cagayan de Oro City; Davao City; Cotabato City; and Zamboanga City.

4. POEA Labor Assistance Centers

Located at NAIA-1, NAIA-2, Mactan International Airport, and Diosdado Macapagal International Aairport in Clarkfield Pampanga.

·     For returning workers who are on emergency leave for not more than one week, provided the worker has proof of valid membership with Philhealth and OWWA

·     LAC issues a one-day exit clearance to an OFWs who is already in the airport and have a flight to catch, and after the  POEA officer has established  that the worker would lose his job if not allowed to leave within that day

5. POEA-Deputized OWWA Regional  Offices and Units

OWWA Tuguegarao – Sycanco Bldg.,  Bonifacio Street, Tugegarao,  Cagayan

OWWA Regional Unit – Caraga – 44 J.C Quirino Avenue,  Butuan City

6. Teleserv Express Clearance System

Teleserv is a courier service for returning workers who have not much time to secure their exit clearance at the POEA offices.

One-way  application process – The worker proceeds to the Teleserv counter at the POEA Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center.

The exit clearance shall be delivered to the worker’s address within 2 days from the date of filing, and shall include refund of OWWA and/or Philhealth fees if membership is still active.

Two-way  application process – The worker  can log in to www.oecdelivery.com.ph to avail of the full service.

Who are considered Balik-Manggagawa?

A balik-manggagawa or a worker-on leave refers to an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who is on vacation or on leave and is returning to the same employer.

Persons NOT qualified as Balik-Manggagawa

  • Dependents of overseas Filipino workers
  • Persons who are traveling on student visa.
  • Persons who are traveling on business visa
  • Permanent Residents of foreign countries
  • OFWs who have changed employers but have not reported for work prior to travel to the Philippines

Use of exit clearance

Having an exit clearance is proof that the worker has undergone the legal and right procedure of  overseas employment. Being a registered OFW, the worker is accorded the full protection and benefits from government institutions while he is working abroad and upon his return to the Philippines.

It also exempts the OFW from payment of travel tax and airport terminal fee.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Some OFW facts regarding vacationing with an exit clearance benefit. :)

Vacationing OFWs are also called Balik-Manggagawa

WHAT IS AN EXIT CLEARANCE

The exit clearance come in the form of an E-Receipt (electronic receipt) or an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) certifying to the regularity of a workers recruitment and documentation and ensures exemption from travel tax and airport terminal fee.  It is presented at the POEA Labor Assistance Center (LAC) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) counter at the airports, prior to departure.

The E-Receipt or OEC serves as the worker’s guarantee that he/she is covered by government protection and benefits.

Who are considered Balik-Manggagawa?

A balik-manggagawa or a worker-on leave refers to an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who is on vacation or on leave and is returning to the same employer.

Use of exit clearance

Having an exit clearance is proof that the worker has undergone the legal and right procedure of  overseas employment. Being a registered OFW, the worker is accorded the full protection and benefits from government institutions while he is working abroad and upon his return to the Philippines.

It also exempts the OFW from payment of travel tax and airport terminal fee.

A POEA OFW Overseas Exit Clearance can be requested for door-to-door delivery through the POEA Balik Manggagawa OEC Express Delivery service

Source: http://www.poea.gov.ph/balik/balik2007.html and http://www.poea.gov.ph/about/hiring.htm

 


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