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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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How to Get an I-DOLE OFW ID Card

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Last July 2017, the Department of Labor and Employment launched a new ID system for OFWs called the I-DOLE.  This ID allows OFWs to do away with the long and tedious process of applying for the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) that they need to secure in order prove their legitimacy as Filipino workers.

Apart from it working as an OEC, the I-DOLE also covers the following card functionalities:

  1. I-DOLE card holders may claim their benefits from the following government agencies through the I-DOLE card:
    • SSS
    • HDMF or Pag-IBIG
    • Philhealth
  2. The DOLE also mentioned that they are working with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the possibility of having the I-DOLE cardfunction as a passport for the OFWs.

How does an OFW apply for an I-DOLE card?

The DOLE stated that OFWs need not apply for the said card as their department will be issuing the IDs based on the inventory of all bona fide OFWs from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).  The IDs will be mailed to the OFW’s registered address.  If you have not received your I-DOLE yet, you may follow these steps in availing one from the nearest DOLE office in your area.

  1. Go to the main office of DOLE or to any DOLE office branch nearest to your place.
  2. Bring 2 or more valid IDs as proof of your identification. All government IDs are considered valid.
  3. Upon reaching the DOLE’s office, advise the guard or any person-in-charge that you wish to secure an I-DOLE card.
  4. You may be asked to present your OEC as proof that you are applying for an I-DOLE for the first time.
  5. Your information will be processed and verified against the database to check if you are listed as a qualified OFW based on POEA’s listing.
  6. When successfully verified, your ID will be printed and your name will be called when your card is ready.

I-DOLE card application will also be made available online soon to allow OFWs abroad to submit their applications so that their IDs would be ready when they come home for a vacation.

For more information on the I-DOLE card, send us an email and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.dole.gov.ph

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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.


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.

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.


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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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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.

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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.

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