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

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41 thoughts on “POEA Revives Validation Of OFW Exit Clearance At NAIA

  1. hello.. direct hire ako going to indonesia ayos na contract, visa at ticket ko dapat pa ba talaga akong pumunta sa poea? hindi ba pwede dumiretso na lang sa airport at bayad na lang ako ng terminal fee, etc? pls help, thanks

    1. Pag wala ka OEC, magbabayad ka ng travel tax.
      Lalo na kung first time ka, baka tanungin ka pa kung dumaan ka na sa POEA.
      Pumunta ka na lang sa name hire unit sa POEA para may OEC ka pa

  2. Hi, are there any changes is the requirements for OEC? I am asked to send a personal letter addressed to Administrator, Mr. Cacdac and was told to wait until such request will be signed. I am a balik manggagawa for afghanistan and I am scheduled to leave on the 22nd of Nov supposedly. Please help.

  3. People here in davao aiort doesnt seem to know where lac is, and that there isan lac. Alam niuo po ba where it is exactly?

    1. I don’t know exactly where, pero if you need OEC in Davao, go here instead:

      2nd Floor, AMYA II Bldg., Quimpo Blvd cor. Tulip O Drive
      Ecoland, Davao City
      Telefax No (082) 297-7429 / 297-7650

  4. hi,

    Im here at kuwait now.. Yearly im going vacation in Philippines. Now I decided to stay in Philippines for
    good. Im paying OEC everytime I go vacation. May I
    ask what is the coverage of OEC? I thought its included
    the Philhealth. Now I checked thru online my Philheath
    coverage and found that my last payment is 2009 that
    is the year that I left Philippines, so what it means, I
    expect that the OEC that Im paying every year are included
    the Philhealth? So where it goes?
    Kindly check and advice.
    Awaiting for your prompt response.


      1. Sir,
        Yes I took here in kuwait … So it means I paid for that
        and not included the philhealth? Only Owwa and Pagibig?

      2. Ahhh ok..i will be in pinas for good this coming november. And i am pregnant due date may2013. It is possible that i can use my philhealth. If ever i pay now the contribution it will be validated or need more months..please let me know what are the procedure of using da Philhealth for maternity..hope you understand what i mean. Thank u so much

  5. nung july 09 pa po ako dito sa pinas.simula po nung dumating ako dito sa pinas maraming nangyari hindi inaasahan.till now wala pa po akung oec sa august 16 na po alis ko. tapos may sakit na namn ako ngayon kaya till now hindi ako makakuha ng oec. pwede po ba sa airport nalang ako kumuha ng oec?

  6. I have to leave the country tomorrow at 7 pm and I don’t have my oec exit pass yet. what am i going to do to get it before my flight? Is there a way to speed up my exit pass release? my ticket is not refundable.

      1. Opo, valid po ung OEC ko. Ano pa po ba mga docs kelangan dalhin sa LAC aside from OEC?

    1. Ibig sabihin may OEC ka na? Ang OEC is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance.

      If by validation you mean, getting an OEC, mas maaga ka kumuha mas maganda kasi 60 days naman yan effective and usable.

  7. pupunta ako ng pinas today..may mga papers na ako nag required ng Embassy natin..nakakuha na rin ako ng OEC last month hindi na cya Valid dahil nagamit ko na. pauwi sa singapore.at wala na akong time na pumunta sa office POEA ngayon para sa exit Pass ko OEC dahil biglaan ang alis nmin ng boss ko, maka kuha ba ako sa Airport?

  8. Quick question. How does the five-day rule work for OEC issuance at NAIA? Pano yung pagcount. say for example, ang dating mo May 1, 9PM. Then departure is May 6, 10AM. 6 days ba ito? or 5 days at pwedeng kumuha ng OEC sa NAIA?

      1. nope. see deirdre’s comment above. sa OFW lounge where u also have your OEC validated, there’s a counter that issues OEC if you stay in the Philippines for 5 days or less. yun po yung gusto ko iconfirm.

  9. I wish yung POEA office sa airport pwedeng mag issue ng OEC good for at least 6-10 days upon arrival. Kung 5 days lang ang vacation tapos ipipila pa yung one day sa POEA main office sayang naman yung time.

  10. Emmanuel Geslani earlier urged the POEA to bring back the OEC validation through the LACs – sya pala ang may sala… hassle kaya mr. Emmanuel ang pag revive nyo!

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