Starting Nov. 5, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on vacation now have the option to set an online appointment with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to process their exit clearance or overseas employment certificate (OEC).
Cacdac advised OFWs to use the appointment system especially during the months of March, April, May, November, December and January when most workers return home for their vacations.
The appointment service is free and is available at www.bmappointment.poea.gov.ph. Cacdac clarified that the new appointment system is not replacing the agency’s facility for walk-in clients.
“We are just starting out with the system,” Cacdac said. “We believe that OFWs without access to the Internet would still prefer getting their OEC the usual way without setting an appointment with us.
OFWs still can process their OEC without an appointment.” Several counters were put up at the POEA main office in Mandaluyong City, Duty Free Philippines in Paranaque City and SM Manila to accommodate those who will choose to avail of the appointment service.
Cacdac said the documentary requirements for those using the appointment system and walk-in processing are the same.
Returning workers have to prepare the following in processing their OECs:
1) Passport valid for six months from time of departure;
2) Valid working visa/work permit:
3) Proof of employment such as certificate of employment, company ID, pay slip, and other equivalent document.
In addition, they have to pay R100 for POEA processing fee, US$25 or its peso equivalent for OWWA contribution on a per contract coverage, R1,200 for one year PhilHealth coverage, and a minimum of R100 contribution to Pag-Ibig Fund. OFWs may also get their OECs before their departure from the Philippines at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) near their jobsite or at POEA regional offices while in their respective provinces.