Category: POEA OFW Overseas Exit Clearance Pointers and other Facts

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

A little OFW info bit i found on the net. Read on:

Deployment of Filipinos abroad as overseas contract workers (OCWs) or overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been increasing in recent years. Based on a recent count, an average of 100 OFWs leave the Philippines every hour to find well-paying jobs abroad.

Without a doubt, the deployment of OFWs has raised the income of millions of Filipinos. The remittances also helped sustain the economic growth of the Philippines. According to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, OFWs remittances reached the highest of $18.76 billion in 2010 marking an 8.2 percent growth from the $17.07 billion registered in 2009. The remittances represent 10 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

No wonder that the government has been actively supporting the OFWs, putting in place rules and regulations protecting and furthering their welfare. One is the recently issued Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 1-2011 of the Department of Finance and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) which aims to clarify and define the tax treatment of income earnings and money remittances of OFWs.

RR No. 1-2011 implements certain tax concessions to OFWs, as follows:

• Income tax exemption – Under the RR, the income of an OFW arising out of his overseas employment is exempt from income tax. However, if an OFW derives income from business activities or properties in the Philippines, such income earnings will be subject to tax under Sections 24 (A) and (B) of the Tax Code as this is on the premise that an OFW is taxable only on income from sources within the Philippines.

• 7.5 percent final tax exemption – The RR also provides exemption from 7.5 percent final tax on interest income from a depository bank under the expanded foreign currency deposit system upon presentation of proof of non-residency such as OEC or Seaman’s Book. However, if the account is jointly in the name of the OFW or Filipino seaman and an individual (spouse or dependent) living in the Philippines, only 50 percent of the interest income will be treated as exempt while the other 50 percent will be subject to final withholding tax of 7.5 percent.

• Business tax – The RR provides that an OFW may be subject to 12 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) if in the course of his trade or business, he sells, barters, exchanges, leases goods or properties, renders services in the Philippines or imports goods into the Philippines pursuant to Sections 106 to 108 of the Tax Code, as amended. However, if his gross annual sales and/or receipts do not exceed the amount of Php1.5 million and he opted not to register as a VAT taxpayer, he shall be liable to pay instead 3 percent tax of his gross quarterly sales or receipts.

• DST exemption – The remittances of all OFWs, upon showing of the OEC or valid Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Membership Certificate by the beneficiary or recipient, shall be exempt from the payment of documentary stamp tax (DST). The RR further provides that remittances sent through the banking system, credited to beneficiaries or recipient’s account in the Philippines and withdrawn through an automatic teller machine (ATM) shall also be exempt from DST provided that the OFW shows the valid proof of entitlement when making arrangement for his remittance transfers.

• Other exemptions – Exemptions from other taxes and fees such as the travel tax and airport fee are also provided to OFWs upon showing of the proof entitlement (i.e. OEC) issued by the POEA.

The RR defines an OFW as referring to Filipino citizens employed in foreign countries, physically present in a foreign country as a consequence of employment thereat. To be able to avail of the tax incentives mentioned above, the OFW must be duly registered with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) with a valid Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC); and with a valid Seafarers Identification Record Book (SIRB) or Seaman’s Book in the case of seafarers or seamen.

The tax exemptions under the RR are certainly a relief to the OFWs and their families, amidst the havoc brought about by the weakening of the US dollar against the Philippine peso on the OFW remittances. But the same old question lingers, are these enough to soothe the sufferings and hardships of the OFWs and their families?

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.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

POEA News Update:

The Queikon Enterprises Company, based in Taiwan is in urgent need of five male factory workers.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration listed in its recruitment specification form that applicants must be 20-40 years old, at least a high school graduate and with experience in textile. There are no restrictions in height and weight.

The curriculum vitae of applicants will be endorsed to the employer for evaluation and selection. Salary offered is NT$ 17,880 a month.

Qualified applicants may personally submit a detailed resume with job description, school credentials, employment certificates, passport copy and two (2) pieces of 2×2 recent picture at the Manpower Registry Division, Window M. ground floor Blas F. Ople building, Ortigas Avenue, corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City.

Applicants may also visit the POEA website and register at or


POEA Sees Rebound In OFW Hiring

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Here’s some news for OFWs who plan on getting Overseas exit Clearance.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be wary of fake overseas employment certificates or e-receipts.

E-receipts are needed to prove that an OFW has gone through the legitimate POEA processes before being deployed.

This May, POEA caught 2 OFWs trying to go to Korea using fake e-receipts.

According to POEA, there are 1,000 fake e-receipts in circulation, and their serial numbers were copied from a batch of certificates that went missing from POEA inventories last December.

The e-receipts have serial numbers from 505-9001 up to 506-0000.

But POEA has already reprinted a new batch of e-certificates using the same serial numbers, causing confusion as to which certificates are legitimate.

POEA said that they have informed the Bureau of Immigration and the National Bureau of Investigation about the e-receipts. So far, they have managed to catch 25 of the fake certificates.

You can inquire and have your OEC delivered by calling 737-7777 or looking up this site:

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Vacationing OFW ka ba? I’m sure you already know about the Overseas Exit Clearance (OEC) and the benefits it entails.
Here’s some news update for you:

DUBAI: Philippine Labour Attache Amilbahar Amilasan said Filipinos from Dubai and the Northern Emirates, vacationing in their home country, must secure their overseas employment certificates (OECs) from the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (Polo) in Al Wuheida, Dubai.

The reminder, which has also uploaded on, was issued “amidst reports that a number of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) going back to the UAE experienced problems at the Philippine Airport during the exit procedures. (Some said) that they had been offloaded when they failed to present their employment contract verified by the (Polo),” said Amilasan.

Amilasan told The Gulf Today that the problems involved OFWs who originally left the Philippines on visit visa to the UAE and therefore had no records with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). According to him, this is why immigration officers demanded that they present their Polo-verified employment contract, labour card, company license and a letter from the human resources department, which attests their employment.

Amilasan said the strictness of authorities is because Manila is determined to curb incidents of human trafficking and “should be appreciated.”

OECs, with a 60-day validity date, may be obtained from any of the POEA and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration offices in the Philippines as well as from the Philippine diplomatic and labour missions around the world.

Amilasan said it is better that Filipinos in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, especially former visit visa holders, get theirs from Polo-Dubai, to ensure that they already have the necessary document before vacationing.

Over 100 OFWs queue in for OECs at Polo-Dubai every day. The number increases in March and April (in time for the graduation of students in the Philippines), as well as November and December (Christmas holidays).

The OEC, at Dhs10, is the travel exit pass of returning OFWs to their jobsites from any Philippine international airport and seaport and which exempts them from travel tax and airport terminal fee. It is required by the POEA to ensure their safety and protection as it states their exit date and their destination.

You can also have your OEC delivered via Check it out.

More news:
DFA Urged By Travel & Recruitment Agencies To Go After Erring Employees
POEA: 10 Pinoy Teachers Win Case Vs. Recruiters

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

I can’t help but notice this trait among us Pinoys, waiting for the last minute to get things done. Tapos kapag hindi nagawa o kaya nabibitin, nagagalit tayo sa lahat ng tao sa paligid natin. Take for example getting a passport, sometimes we get to a point that we need a passport immediately to fly out, pero may problema naman sa pagkuha ng passport, kasi delayed. Saan ka lulugar? Syempre magagalit ka. Pero kung masinop ka, since and passport is valid for 5 years, dapat 1 to 2 years ago nakakuha ka na nyan. Wala naman sigurong delay ang DFA ng 12 months. Sobra na yun kung ganun.

Ganun din sa pagkuha ng NSO certificate. Magmamadali, gusto makuha na ngayon na, kasi kailangan. Sana kinuha last week, o kaya 3 days ago bago sa deadline na kailangan. Haaay buhay. Buhay Pinoy. Not ready, floating steady, going angry….

If you get the habit of being prepared for the worst, then you will be prepared for the worst and anything less than that. It is just a matter of setting the right mind set. Never wait, wag Ningas Kugon…pangit yon, pinoy na pinoy.

Magisip ka ngayon…..kailangan ko ba ng birth certificate? Hmmmmmmmm…hindi pa….pero baka…bahala na…. MALI!

Kakailanganin mo yan….kumuha ka na ngayon, itabi mo…para handa ka…mahirap ba yon? Kasi pag kumuha ka ng passport, kailangan mo yan. Pag nag trabaho ka hihingiin yan. Sa enrollment ng anak mo, kailangan nila yan…Wag ka na maghintay…gawin mo na. Dadali buhay mo. Walang pressure.

We feel undue pressure because we position ourselves under the pressure cooker. Be wise. Bawal ang tamad sa bayan na kailangan umasenso. Make a change. Change your state of mind.

You can get your passports, NSO certificates, SSS IDs, NBI stuff, POEA clearances, and other government related docs right now. Do it now. Find the ways and the means. The best and convenient options. Hanapin mo, maraming posibleng paraan sa paligid mo.

Be a smart Pinoy.

Citizen Services

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

In connection to my previous blog. Should you not find the recruiter in the listing of POEA’s accredited, you can get on touch with the POEA directly by using these information:

POEA Hotlines:

722.11.44 / 722.11.55


Official Website:

Blas F. Ople Building
Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA
Mandaluyong City

Use all available information for your protection and advantage.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

With all the news regarding our countrymen being used as drug mules in other places by vicious people, the connection really finds root in the dream of every pinoy to make it big abroad. In that dreamy state, pag may nangako sa atin na kaya nila tayo padala at magtrabaho abroad, we forget our basic instincts and throw caution ion the wind.

As always, sabi nga ng lumang kasabihan “Walang manloloko kung walang papaloko”, and it’s true. Dapat lang laging nagiisip, learn and find out. Don’t be a victim, you should know that you need to be a step or two ahead of the people you deal with. Take your time, I believe that it is better to be here and get another chance, than hurry up and be abroad only to find that you can’t find any help there. At least dito sa bayan mo, may tutulong pa rin sayo.

One of the easiest things to do when you get a promise of work abroad is to check with the POEA kung ano ang status ng recruiter mo. Here’s a list of the current status of recruiters in the country.

***A-M PHIL. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CORPORATION (for deletion duplicate ent)&nbspPrivate Employment Agency
Tel No/s : &nbsp6300476
Email Address : &nbspAMPHILPRO@AOL.COM
Website : &nbspNA
Official Representative : RACHELL ALLSTOM
Status : Delisted
License Validity : 9/17/2005 to 3/17/2006

***DAFA MANPOWER SERVICES (for deletion duplicate entry)&nbspPrivate Employment Agency
Tel No/s : &nbsp3024451/ 4006943
Email Address : &
Website : None
Official Representative : RHONA M ABUASSI
Status : Suspended (Document Processing)
License Validity : 7/23/2002 to 7/23/2004

***JERPHI OVERSEAS PLACEMENT & TRADING CORP (for deletion duplicate ent)&nbspService Contractor
Tel No/s : &nbsp4007042/ 4007350
Email Address : None
Website : None
Official Representative : MR DELFIN T PANLAQUE
Status : Delisted
License Validity : to 2/18/1986

***K T INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT AGENCY (for deletion duplicate entry)&nbspPrivate Employment Agency
Tel No/s : (064) 4212191
Email Address : &nbspNA
Website : &nbspNA
Official Representative : KIM KUY S. CHAN
Status : Good Standing
License Validity : 7/27/2004 to 7/27/2005

***OLIVE INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER RESOURCES INC. (for deletion duplicate ent)&nbspPrivate Employment Agency

Tel No/s : &nbsp817-04-92/8175832
Website : &nbspNA
Official Representative : RUBEN V. NUNEZ
Status : Delisted
License Validity : 4/6/2004 to 4/5/2005

Tel No/s : &nbsp5362997 5360831
Website : None
Official Representative : MINERVA P. MAUNAY
Status : Good Standing
License Validity : 11/4/2007 to 11/3/2011

10TH STORY PLACEMENT AGENCY, INC.&nbspPrivate Employment Agency
2F, 1523-1527 M.H. DEL PILAR ST&nbspERMITA, MANILA
Tel No/s : &nbsp02-353-1581/353-1584
Email Address : &nbspWWW.10THSTORY.COM
Website : None
Official Representative : MR ALFONSO UY NG
Status : Good Standing
License Validity : 4/2/2008 to 4/1/2012

168 PLACEMENT CORPORATION&nbspPrivate Employment Agency
Tel No/s : &nbsp4336267
Email Address :
Website :
Official Representative : MA LISA G LOPEZ
Status : Delisted
License Validity : 3/28/2001 to 3/28/2003

You can find the full listing by clicking HERE.

Remember, and taong handa, mas maraming magagawa.
Be safe my friends.

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 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


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

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