Category: POEA OFW Overseas Exit Clearance Pointers and other Facts

03 - 21

Last year, we featured the announcement on vacationing OFWs’ exemption from filing an OEC if they are returning to the same employers abroad.  This took effect on the first week of September of the same year.  Included in the privilege is the OFW’s exemption from paying travel taxes and terminal fees when exiting the country as covered by Section 35 of RA 8042 (Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act).

There are rampant cases, however, where these fees are incorporated in the cost of the airline ticket bought by OFWs online or over the counter.  And in order for them to “refund” the paid fees, they have to line up at the airport.  Most OFWs are not aware of this or do not have the luxury of time to wait in line for their reimbursement.

Good news!

Starting April 30, 2017, the P550 terminal fee will automatically be waived for OFWs purchasing tickets over the counter; the same will be extended to online ticket purchases by the end of July 2017.  This means that departing OFWs no longer need to go through the process of “refunding” terminal fees that are supposedly incorporated in the price of the tickets they purchased!

Not just for OFWs

The exemption is extended to other Pinoy travelers such as pilgrims, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) delegates, and other Filipinos authorized by law and the Office of the President to travel outside the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration is appealing to have the unreturned fees (those not refunded by OFWs) accounted for and returned to the OWWA who stands as Trustee of OFWs.

Share this news with your OFW friends and relatives!


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03 - 10

SSS members who have found better earning opportunities abroad may continue to enjoy the same privileges as members who reside in the country.  One such benefit is the salary loan facility of the SSS; this enables members to borrow an amount to meet short-term credit needs and be able to repay at affordable terms and interests.

What are the qualifications?

a. The OFW’s monthly SSS contributions must be updated.

  • For one-month salary loan – the member-borrower must have 36 posted monthly contributions, six of which should be within the last twelve (12) months prior to the month of filing of application.
  • For two months salary loan – the member-borrower must have 72 posted monthly contributions, six of which should be within the last twelve (12) months prior to the month of filing of application.

b. The OFW must be under 65 years of age at the time of application.

c. The OFW has not been granted final benefit (total permanent disability, retirement, and death).

d. The OFW has not been disqualified due to fraud committed against the SSS.

What are the steps in applying for a salary loan?

a. Download and fill-out a Member Loan Application form.

b. Present your SSS ID.  If the OFW does not have an SSS ID yet, he needs to file for application of SSS card (Form E-6).

c. Prepare two valid identifications (ID); any two of the following will suffice:

  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
  • Unexpired Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Postal ID
  • School or Company ID
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) card
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Membership card issued by private companies
  • Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) card.
  • Senior Citizen’s card
  • Voter’s Identification card / Affidavit / Certificate of Registration
  • ATM card with cardholder’s name; or with certification from bank (if without name).
  • Credit card
  • Fisherman’s card issued by BFAR
  • GSIS card / Member’s Records / Certificate of Membership
  • ID card issued by LGUs (Barangay/Municipal/City)
  • ID card issued by professional association recognized by PRC.
  • Birth Certificate
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Marriage Contract
  • NBI Clearance
  • Pag-IBIG Member’s Data Form
  • Permit to carry firearms issued by the Firearms and Explosive Unit of PNP.
  • PHIC Member’s Data Record
  • Police Clearance
  • Seafarer’s Registration Certificate issued by POEA
  • Temporary Driver’s License issued by LTO
  • Transcript of Records
  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • Bank Account Passbook
  • Certificate from Office of Southern / Northern Cultural Communities; or Office of Muslim Affairs
  • Certificate of Licensure / Qualification Documents / Seafarer’s ID and Record Book for Maritime Industry
  • Certificate of Naturalization from the Bureau of Immigration
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Birth / Baptismal certificate of children.

Who may file the Salary Loan Application?

a. If filed by Member-borrower’s authorized representative, bring the following:

  • Member-borrower’s Member Loan Application
  • Member-borrower’s SS card or any two valid IDs both with signature (at least one with photo).
  • Authorized Representative’s SS card or any two valid IDs both with signature (at least one with photo).
  • Letter of Authority (LOA) signed by both the member-borrower and the member-borrower’s authorized representative.

b. If filed by Employer/Company’s Authorized Representative, bring the following:

  • Accomplished Member Loan Application.
  • Authorized Company Representative (ACR) card issued by SSS.
  • Letter of Authority (LOA) from employer and any two valid IDs both with signature and at least one with photo.
  • Acknowledgment stub and any two valid IDs both with signature and at least one of the IDs with photo.

c. If filed by the member’s representative:

  • Present member’s SSS card or two valid IDs, one of which with photo and signature.
  • Authorization letter signed by the member and the representative.

Where does an OFW file his loan application while abroad?

a. OFW members may submit their applications at the SSS Representative office in the country of their location.

b. In case there is no SSS office in a particular country, the member may send the application and supporting documents to his relatives in the Philippines and authorize them to file at the SSS branch.

c. Any document issued abroad and forms part of the application must be authenticated by the Philippine Consulate/Embassy.


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Kasama sa krusada ng Presidente ang gawing madali at simple ang mga government processes para makabawas sa dagdag na gastos ng mga Pinoy.  Bilang pag tugon sa panawagang ito, tinanggal na ang requirement ng Overseaas Employment Certificae (OEC) para sa mga kababayan nating OFW na nagbabakasyon sa bansa at babalik din sa dating employer, sa dating lugar na pinagta-trabahuhan.

Ito ay effective simula unang linggo ng September 2016.

Narito ang mga hakbang para mag qualify ang isang OFW sa OEC Exemption (sa ilalim ng Resolution No. 12 mula sa Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA):

  1. Mag register sa BM Online Facility bago ang araw ng flight pabalik sa ibang bansa ng OFW.  Libre ang registration.
  2. Ipapadala ng POEA ang impormasyon na makakalap mula sa registration ng OFW sa Bureau of Immigration (BI).  Ito ang gagamitin ng Immigration officer na basehan kung ang manggagawa ay qualified sa exemption.
  3. Kung makikitang hindi ka kwalipikado sa exemption, madi-direct ka sa BM Online Webpage kung saan kailangan mong muling mag register at mag set ng appointment sa POEA.
  4. Kung didiretso ka naman sa BI counter sa airport ngunit hindi ka nakapag register online, papupuntahin ka sa Labor Assistance Counter (LAC) para ma-evaluate.

Tandaan na ang mga kwalipikado lamang sa exemption ay ang mga sumusunod:

  • Mga OFW na pabalik sa dating employer at sa dating lugar ng pinagta-trabahuhan at may existing records sa POEA database.
  • Mga OFW na nabigyan ng trabaho sa pamamagitan ng Government Placement Branch o ng in-house recruitment facility ng POEA.

Kung qualified ka sa OEC exemption, hindi mo na din kailangang magbayad ng travel tax at terminal fee.  Siguraduhin lamang na maipapakita mo ang mga sumusunod na dokumento sa Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) at sa Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA):

  • Valid work visa
  • Work permit
  • Valid employment contract
  • Valid company ID
  • Recent payroll slip
  • Other equivalent documents

Kaya’t maligayang pagbabalik sa bansa at mapayapang byahe pabalik sa inyong mga trabaho, mga bayaning OFW!




Good news para sa ating mga kababayang OFW! May online facility na para makapag generate at makapagbayad ng OEC o Overseas Employment Certificate; hindi na ninyo kailangang pumunta pa sa designated Philippine embassies and consular locations. Para ito sa mga OFW na nagbabakasyon sa bansa, rehired, o pabalik sa dati nilang employer at may existing nang records sa POEA database.

Kung ikaw naman ay OFW din at aalis ka nang muli pero bago na iyong employer, magagamit mo pa din ang online facility dahil pwede ka nang mag set ng appointment mo online. Ibig sabihin, kapag meron kang appointment, siguradong may mag-assist sa iyo pag dating mo sa OEC processing at hindi mo na kailangang pumila ng matagal.

Maaaring ma-access ang online facility ng Balik Manggagawa ditto ( Narito ang mga hakbang para sa Application ng OEC online:

  1. Visit the Balik Manggagawa website ( Kung hindi ka pa nakagawa ng online account mo, piliin ang New User? na column at ilagay ang lahat ng detalye na hinihingi. Siguraduhing valid ang email address na inilagay sa Email address field dahil dito ipadadala ang verification email. Kung hind mave-verify ang iyong account, hindi mo ito maa-access.
  2. Kapag na-verify na ang account mo, bumalik sa website at mag login sa iyong account. Ihanda ang iyong passport at kopya ng visa, ang iyong original na OEC (kailangang sa Pilipinas na-issue ang OEC).
  3. Sagutin ang information sheet at ilagay ang petsa ng departure/alis sa Pilipinas.
  4. Para sa mga first time OEC applicants, maaaring mamili ng date at lugar kung saan mo gustong kunin ang OEC.
  5. Kapag siguradong tama na ang lahat ng inilagay na information, i-click ang ‘Set Appointment’. Mabibigyan ka pa ng pagkakataon na ma-review ang lahat ng information na inilagay mo bago ito ma-confirm.
  6. Ang e-payment facility ay para naman sa mga returning visitors; maaari silang magbayad gamit ang online banking system na available sa website. Kapag nakapag bayad na, maaari nang i-print ang OEC kasama ang mga system-generated certificates at receipts. Mag print ng tatlong kopya ng OEC.

Ilang mga paalala mula sa POEA tungkol sa OEC:

  • Ang POEA ay hindi nagi-isyu ng OEC sa mga airport maliban sa mga OFW na naka emergency leave ng hindi lalagpas sa five (5) days.
  • Ang OEC ay valid lamang sa petsa o araw kung kalian ito na-isyu. Kaya’t kinakailangang ang OFW ay may confirmed flight schedule sa parehong araw.
  • Ito ay available sa mga Labor Assistance Centers (LAC) sa mga international airports sa Manila, Cebu, at Davao.
  • Simula November 2, 2015, ang POEA Main Office sa Edsa corner Ortigas Avenue ay tatanggap lamang ng mga Balik-Manggagawa na may APPOINTMENT sa BM Online Processing System.
  • Ang mga sumusunod na POEA Regional Offices ay tatanggap lamang ng mga Balik-Manggagawa na may APPOINTMENT sa BM Online Processing System:
    • San Fernando City, La Union
    • Tuguegarao City
    • Baguio City
    • San Fernando City, Pampanga
    • Calamba City
    • Legaspi City
    • Cebu City
    • Iloilo City
    • Bacolod City
    • Tacloban City
    • Davao City
    • Butuan City
    • Zamboanga City
    • Koronadal City
    • Cagayan de Oro City

Paki share sa mga kababayan nating OFW.

For more information, visit:

Bonjour. Mabuhay.


News flash for OFWs vacationing for the holidays:


“Avoid the rush. Avoid the long lines”.

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac advised balik manggagawa or overseas Filipino workers spending the holiday season in the Philippines to get their overseas employment certificate or exit clearance early and not get caught with the last-minute dash to return to their jobs abroad.

Cacdac said that the POEA, for several weeks now, have been gearing up for the anticipated arrival of thousands of OFWs this December and their subsequent departure after Christmas and New Year’s Day.

“The POEA has been improving its systems and expanding its facilities for the workers’ convenience, but still, we warn our OFWs not to wait for the last day of their vacation to get the exit clearance,” Cacdac said.

Cacdac advised OFWs to avoid the week after December 25 and January 1 when thousands of them troop to the POEA main office to have their travel documents processed.

He said the satellite processing units Trinoma, Quezon City; SM Manila near the Manila City Hall; and the Duty Free store in Parañaque City are now operational and are ready to accept applications for exit clearance during shopping hours.

OFWs going to their provinces may also acquire their exit clearance from the POEA’s offices in Baguio City; San Fernando City, La Union; Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga; Calamba City; Legaspi City; Tacloban City; Iloilo City; Bacolod City; Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City; Butuan City; Davao City; and Zamboanga City.

However, Cacdac said the most convenient way especially for those with tight schedule or little time to spare for the exit document, is to use the POEA’s balikmanggagawa appointment system which is free and available at With the appointment service, the worker may choose the time, date, and processing unit most suitable to him or her.

Cacdac said OFWs may also get their exit clearance or OEC at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) nearest their jobsite before their departure to the Philippines.

The POEA also issues to OFWs a multiple travel exit clearance (MTEC), co-terminus with the validity of their employment contracts, but which shall not exceed two (2) years. The worker has the option to secure a maximum of 2 travel exit clearance during the validity of her or his existing contract depending on the provisions of the contract allowing frequent vacations.

According to Cacdac, the following are considered balik-maggagawa:

1). a worker who is on vacation or on leave from employment under a valid and existing employment contract and who is returning to the same employer regardless of any change in jobsite, to finish the remaining unexpired portion of the contract;

2). 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;

3). a returning worker whose employment contract was not processed with the POEA but was subsequently verified and registered with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (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.

Returning workers would have to pay Php100 for POEA processing fee; US$25 or its peso equivalent for OWWA contribution on a per contract coverage; Php1,200 for one year Philhealth coverage; and a minimum of Php100 contribution to Pagibig Fund, Cacdac added.

The required documents are:

1) Php passport valid for 6 months from time of

2) Valid working visa/work permit: 3) Proof of employment such as
certificate of employment, company ID, pay slip, and other equivalent document.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Mag ingat sa fixers at sa mga manloloko.

Nakita mo na ba ang balitang ito?

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday exposed another e-mail scam targeting Filipino nurses and other medical practitioners for supposed employment in a hospital in Australia.

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the POEA received another recruitment e-mail, supposedly coming from Sydney Adventist Hospital, this time charging a fee of PhP3,750.00 for a two-day “British English” training.

This is similar to the one allegedly sent by Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Canada which offers “Visa Interview Coaching” for a fee of Php 3,888.00.

Karen Franchiti, human resource specialist of the real Stevenson Memorial Hospital wrote the POEA denying having any business relation with “Stevenson Consultancy” which is supposed to conduct the training in the Philippines.

Cacdac said the promises are similar: no placement fee, no processing fee, no salary deduction, no show money, no experience required, free accommodation and food allowance.

“This is a simple cut and paste job and is probably sent by the same group of swindlers which uses legitimate companies to lure victims”, Cacdac added.

Sydney Adventist Hospital, located in New South Wales, Australia, was informed of the scam and has since denied having a part of it.

An alert in Sydney Adventist Hospital’s website said it has not issued advertisements, emails and other notices encouraging nursing staff in the Philippines to submit applications for training for employment.

“The information about Sydney Adventist Hospital recruitment is not accurate and we have not organized training courses and hospital representatives will not be in the Philippines on July 21 and 22nd to employ people,” the hospital said in its warning.

Cacdac said nurses from Philippines and other countries wishing to apply for employment as a nurse in Australia must be registered first with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA

“The training program referred to as the Sydney Adventist British English Training is not associated with Sydney Adventist Hospital. These notices have been issued without our knowledge or approval. Relevant authorities have been advised that these notices are inaccurate and are investigating who has issued them. Please do not pay any fees for the advertised training in the hope of gaining employment here,” the alert said.

Job applicants who have received such recruitment e-mails should forward the same to for investigation by the POEA, Cacdac said.


Bonjour. Mabuhay.

This is really an irritating fact, that people would take advantage of people dreaming of getting good jobs abroad since wala namang trabaho dito sa bayan natin.

As always, ang sagot sa mga ganyan, mag ingat at maging maaalam.

Read this piece on the facts of life on illegal recruiters in our country:


From January to May this year, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) canceled the licenses of 21 recruitment agencies and suspended 12 others, including five agencies charged for numerous recruitment violations.

According to Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac in an interview with Bantay OCW over Radyo Inquirer, the POEA has initiated the filing of cases against Philglobal Manpower Development Corporation; CSM International Recruitment Services, Inc.; Gyron Crew, Inc.; Crosswind International Manpower Services; and Acclaimed One Manpower and Recruitment Services.

These agencies were found to have violated various laws and POEA rules and regulations.

Agencies with canceled licenses are: EMR Construction and Manpower Services Inc.; Tai-Fil Manpower Services Corporation; Lucky International Placement Services, Inc.; Jems International Placement Agency Corp.; Masaya International Placement Agency; Prime Stars International Promotion Corporation; Dreams Manpower and Recruitment Agency; G & D Manpower International, Inc.; Green Manpower Management and Development Services; Asahi International Manpower Corporation; Multi-System Conexions International, Inc.; Petra Personnel Employment and Technical Recruitment Agency, Inc.; RV Tria International Recruitment Agency; Hope International Agency; Jerphi Overseas Placement and Trading Corporation; LPN Manpower Services Inc.; Ritz Manpower Services; Northwest Placement Inc.; Active Manpower and General Services; Gold & Green Manpower Services and Development Services ; and Acclaimed One Manpower and Recruitment Services.

Cacdac further explained that overseas placement and manning agencies with standing cancellation or suspension orders are prohibited from engaging in recruitment activities.

For the reporting period, Cacdac said the POEA has also suspended the licenses of the following agencies: Al Ashiera International Manpower Services; Vogue Plus Promotion; Mi Amore International Services, Inc.; Awas Manpower Services; and Crosswind International Manpower.

POEA also issued orders of preventive suspension against Reajent Manpower Services, Inc.; Shfia International; Crosswind International Manpower;  Gyron Crew Inc.; CSM International; Philglobal Manpower Development Corporation; and Riley International Employment Services and Training Center, Inc.

Thirty-three licenses were canceled but where are the owners of these recruitment firms?

Do they really face the punishments for victimizing overseas job applicants? For the past 15 years of Bantay OCW, the observation has been that they don’t. They should be jailed for abusing OFWs.

The problem is they usually use dummies. Their officers face the complaints and charges but eventually no one is imprisoned. A few months after, we see the owners of these erring recruitment agencies putting up new agencies and again victimizing innocent applicants. As a result, OFWs are losing opportunities for a better future.

Cacdac even joked that the few illegal recruiters who have been detained still managed to recruit and establish groups inside the jail.

Will this problem ever end?



Be smart. The best way to avoid being a victim is to be aware and informed.



Bonjour. Mabuhay.


Good news for Seafarers. Read the news article below.


Seafarers will no longer have to present their overseas employment certificate (OEC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for validation after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a memorandum exempting them from this procedure.

Citing a one-page Memorandum Circular No. 1, POEA administrator Hans Cacdac said in a statement that the measure, which took effect last week, aims to decongest the long lines of OFWs, who are having their OECs validated at their Labor Assistance Center (LAC) in NAIA.

“This will declog the overflow of OFWs queuing at the Labor Assistance Center for the validation of their travel exit documents, departing seafarers, which comprise minority of worker deployment,” Cacdac said.

Historically, seamen compose only about 20 percent of the country’s total deployment.

Instead, he said manning agencies will now be required to submit the clear copies of the e-receipts or OECs of the seafarers not later than 10 a.m. at the POEA’s Seabased Center at the POEA head office in Mandaluyong City after their departure from the airport. “We urge manning agencies to strictly comply with the requirement for the convenience of their seafarers as the process will allow additionally quality time to bond with their families, instead of queuing at the airport for the validation of their travel documents.” –


Hope this helps declog and create an atmosphere of appreciation for every Pinoy doing their part for the country.





Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Found out that the OEC delivery service is now currently stopped.

I wonder what options vacationing OFWs now have in getting oEC. Lahat ba dapat pumunta sa POEA?

Kawawa naman ang mga bagong bayani ng bayan kung mahirap ang transaction sa pamahalaan. Services should be useful to people and proactively efficient.

Anyways, nabsa ko lang to. Let’s see what the future brings.

POEA Balik-Manggagawa OEC Delivery

Dear OFW,

Due to the changes being implemented at the POEA, our POEA Balik-Manggagawa OEC Delivery Service will be unavailable starting April 12.
POEA is currently in the stage of refurbishing its OEC services to OFWs and has done so without the advantage of the delivery service you have enjoyed over the years.

We hope you had enjoyed the convenience of the service during your vacations and we appreciate your continuous appreciation of the service all these years.

We look forward to providing you once more with services worthy of a “Bagong Bayani”.
Rest assured, we will continue to design and develop new ways to be able to deliver quality Citizen Services to you soon.


Bonjour. Mabuhay.

In order to address the illegal recruitment problems we have in the country, certain steps are being done by our government. Read the news below to see one.

Ang tanong is, will this work? Of course it will, if our elected officials and all government officials do their jobs right. We can always hope 🙂

Read on.

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, The provincial government on Friday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with certain national government agencies in a bid to make Pampanga illegal recruitment-free.

Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) manager Luningning Vergara said the MOU, a first of its kind in the Philippines, seeks to “harmonize the various efforts of the local government units in Pampanga and national government agencies to curb illegal recruitment as well as human trafficking.”

“The foremost reason for the escalation of the problem is the lack or low level of public awareness on the modus operandi of illegal recruiters and the pernicious effects of illegal recruitment. Hence, this partnership will help Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) bring down their respective information campaigns to the grassroots level,” Vergara added.

Under the MOU, POEA will regularly furnish the provincial government- thru its PESO with an updated list of licensed recruitment agencies and entities and POEA-Government Placement Branch vacancies for dissemination to constituencies together with travel updates and advisories.

Also, POEA will make available its personnel to act as resource speakers for pre-employment orientation and anti-illegal recruitment (AIR) seminars and capability enhancement trainings.

Meanwhile, OWWA will assist in the distribution of AIR information materials to its Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Family Circles and OFW Help Desks and integrate the AIR module prepared by the POEA in its regular conduct of trainings and orientations for OFWs and their families in Pampanga.

On the other hand, DOLE Regional Office 3 shall provide aid in the conduct of trainings and other capability building activities of provincial, municipal and city PESOs to effectively deliver AIR campaigns and address related issues.

DOLE-3 will also integrate AIR information campaigns in its various activities such as career coaching sessions and job fairs.

Moreover, the CFO will coordinate with the provincial government in the conduct of an annual Community Education Program (CEP) in Pampanga.

CEP shall promote awareness on concepts, issues and concerns on the challenges of international migration.

CFO shall likewise provide the provincial PESO with information materials on the campaign against human trafficking and refer local cases reported via action hotline 1343 for appropriate actions.

Present in the MOU signing were governor Lilia Pineda, POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, OWWA administrator Carmelita Dimzon, CFO undersecretary Mary Grace Tirona and DOLE Central Luzon assistant regional director Jeraldine Panlilio along with the some mayors of the province.

Still, the best way to avoid being a victim is to stop being one. Kailangan kasi mag tanong, maging maalam at huwag basta basta magtiwala sa mga taong hindi natin kilala ng lubusan. Kahit nga yung kakilala na natin minsan naloloko pa tayo.

Magbasa at sabihin sa ibang tao ang alam mo o ang natutunan mo. Isa ito sa mga bagay bagay na makakatulong sa atin. Tandaan, ang magandang bagay na nagawa mo para sa iba ay babalik rin sayo sa tamang panahon. The same goes for the bad things you do to others.



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