Saturday, August 13, 2016

No More OEC But You Need to Register

President Duterte heard the OFW’s sentiments! He has started taking action not only against drugs but also in making the life of OFW’s easier. The President has already given an order to POEA to restructure the processes in deploying OFW’s.

In accordance with POE Governing Board Resolution No. 12, Series of 2016, starting on September 15, 2016, although this will still be on experimental basis, qualified OFW’s will no longer be required to secure overseas employment certificate.

You are qualified and exempted if:
  • You are returning to the same employer and job site and should be listed in the OFW POEA database
  •  Hired through the POEA’s Government Placement Branch

The New Procedure:

Before going for vacation, you need to register at the Balik-Manggagawa Online Processing System and provide your personal and employment details to check if you are qualified and exempted from getting an OEC. However, if you are not exempted from getting OEC during the time of your registration, you will have to set an appointment with the POEA office in the embassy.

If you are exempted in getting OEC, your updated profile will be forwarded to the Bureau of Immigration. This will serve as their basis for your clearance during your exit at the airport without fees.

However, if you proceed to the airport without registering in the Balik-Manggagawa Online Processing System you will be referred by the Bureau of Immigration to the POEA’s Labor Assistance Counter for evaluation, to determine if you will be cleared for departure or will be subject to complete travel documents and of course to pay required fees. 

For further details, here is the resolution: POE Governing Board Resolution No. 12, Series of 2016

Source: How to get OEC


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