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May 08

The OEC is a basic requirement for OFWs before they are given permission to work abroad.  They must secure this to ensure that their departure and overseas employment are properly documented.  This document has a 60-day validity from the date it was issued; this means that the OFW must be able to leave before the OEC expires.

Apart from it being a basic requirement, an OEC document presented at the airport also exempts the traveler from paying travel taxes and terminal fees.  It serves as the exit pass or clearance of the OFW as well as a proof of his status as a legitimate OFW.

What are the requirements when securing an OEC?

  1. Passport with at least six months validity from departure date.
  2. Valid work visa, work permit, or any equivalent document.
  3. Verified employment contract or offer of employment.
  4. Printed Balik-Manggagawa Information Sheet

Other documents may be required depending on the required skills (professional, low-skilled, household services).  Canada and US workers will be required to submit additional requirements.  Always bring the original and photocopies of your documents.

Are there fees that need to be paid?

  • POEA Processing Fee – PHP 100 per e-receipt/OEC
  • OWWA Membership Fee – USD 25 (or its PHP equivalent)
  • Pag-IBIG Contribution – Minimum of PHP 100 each month
  • PhilHealth Contribution – PHP 2,400 for one-year coverage

How to apply for an OEC:

There are two ways to apply for an OEC:

Walk-in applicants may apply at any of these processing centers:

  • POEA main office at EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City (Balik-ManggagawaProcessing Division/BMPD)
  • POEA regional offices, regional extension units, and satellite offices.
  • Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) in the country of employment.
  • Labor Assistance Counters at Manila, Cebu, and Mindanao airports (only for returning OFWs who are staying in the Philippines for five days or less).

You may also set an appointment online at the BM Online Appointment System; this will allow you to choose your preferred schedule and venue for processing of your OEC.

Walk-in applications, including those who have scheduled appointments, may take the whole day or several days to complete.

How to get an OEC Exemption

If you are an OFW and are returning to the same employer or workplace, and have an existing record with the POEA, you can be exempted from the OEC requirements.  All you have to do is log in to your BM online account before your scheduled departure and click on “Acquire OEC or Exemption”.  The system will show a pop-up confirmation message of your BM Exemption Number and pre-departure instructions on what documents you need to present at the airport.

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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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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!

Source: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/balikbayan/142336-poea-oec-scrap-for-returning-ofws



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 (http://bmonline.poea.gov.ph/). Narito ang mga hakbang para sa Application ng OEC online:

  1. Visit the Balik Manggagawa website (http://bmonline.poea.gov.ph/). 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: http://www.pinoy-ofw.com/news/36142-how-to-apply-oec-online.html

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.


News for OFWs vacationing in the country.


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.



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 http://www.polo-owwadubai.net, 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.http://gulftoday.ae/portal/bf327dc2-efd7-4eb5-bd19-bc0f6592f68f.aspx

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

In order to escape the potential risk of dealing with fixers on site at any government office, it is best to be aware and equipped with the knowledge on how to be smart and ready.

1. Prepare all the needed requirements for your application. You inquire at the NSO, POEA, DFA  assistance hotlines
a. NSO 737-1111 (for borth,marriage, death, CENOMAR certificates)
b. DFA 737-1000 (for passport appointment and application)
c. POEA 737-7777 (for OFW OEC applciation)

or visit the websites of NSO Helpline, DFA Passpport Appointment, and POEA Overseas Exit Clearance Service.

2. Do not deal with people outside the NSO, POEA, DFA premises
a. Go directly to the entrance guard
b. Show your requirements so you can enter
c. Proceed to the STEP 1 area of the establishment

3. Do not be afaird to ask, but do not be quick to believe. Read the procedures available in the area. Do not rush yourself into making a decision; know what you need to do first.

4. All government agencies are equipped with informative materials to guide you on how to process your requests; this can be done by any individual without too much complication.

5. If a person insists on helping you or assisting you, chances are they could be fixers. Ask for assistance or info at the INFORMATION counter.

Learn to say NO when you’re uneasy with the person.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a puond of cure. Wag sayangin ng pera kung kayang kaya nyo naman magawa dahil alam mo ang gagawin mo.

Check more requirements for NSO, DFA, and POEA services here.

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