Vacationing OFW? A first-timer’s guide to POEA and the OEC

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As thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) take their holiday leaves to spend Christmas and New Year in the Philippines, we would like to give some tips to OFWs, especially those who are coming home from their overseas employment for the first time.

Filipinos returning to their job site abroad cannot leave the Philippines without an Overseas Exit Clearance (OEC). Unconstitutional, perhaps, but there is no way around it if you have a work permit stamped on your passport. Briefly, here are the steps for POEA and the OEC.

For first-timers

Follow these instructions and you should be able to complete the requirements within a week:

1. Go to the POEA office for processing. Before you go, check the list of requirements in POEA’s list of OFW services and procedures. Make sure to come early, bring a pen and be prepared for a long wait.

  • If your contract is in a language other than English, have it translated.
  • Make sure your contract has a repatriation clause. If your company doesn’t allow it (as most EU countries cannot change the standard contract), just ask them to print the repatriation clause on a company letterhead and sign it. Copy the repatriation clause of POEA’s standard employment contract, item #12. Attach this to your contract. When POEA checks your contract, make sure that you point it out to them that you already have the repatriation clause, because by default they will give the letter of compliance for the repatriation clause and ask you to come back with the signature of the company representative. Alternatively, just give your company HR the heads-up that you will be sending over the letter of compliance for their signature.

2. If you were recruited directly by the company, follow “Documentation of Landbased Name Hires“. Follow the process/requirements for Skilled Workers.

  • DAY 1: Queue at POEA. Submit the documents and get a referral for your Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) and the list of affiliated clinics for your medical certificate. At the end of the hall, give your PDOS referral and get a schedule for the PDOS. If you’re lucky you can do it in the afternoon but otherwise you come back the next day. Note: Medical requirements vary per country and POEA-accredited clinics will know what tests are needed for each country. Prices and the speed at which medical results can be obtained depend on the clinic, so call up a few to check. Some can give results on the same day, while some will require you to come back a few days later.
  • DAY 2: Do your medical check-up and attend the PDOS. Have the PDOS certificate photocopied.
  • DAY 3: Return to POEA with the completed set of requirements (including PDOS certificate + medical certificate). If there are no issues, you will then pay the USD100 POEA processing fee, OWWA membership (USD25 per contract, maximum of two years), PHILHEALTH Medicare (P900 as of February 2012) and PAG-IBIG membership (P100). The receipt will serve as your exit clearance. You may also pay additional for monthly PAG-IBIG should you wish to contribute on the spot

3. Before you depart from the airport, you need to have your OEC validated at the OFW counter. OEC bearers are exempted from travel tax and terminal fee at the airport. Click here for the location map of POEA-Labor Assistance Counter at NAIA.

For returning OFWs with valid employment contracts

If you have had your current contract processed at POEA, you will no longer pay for OWWA membership. There is a P100 processing fee and P100 PAG-IBIG membership. If your last departure was over a year ago, you may also need to pay Php1,200 for one-year Philhealth coverage.

1. Proceed to POEA. The process will take at most half a day at POEA main if the queues are long. To avoid the queues, schedule your appointment via bmappointment.poea.gov.ph. POEA offices, including those at airports, also issue OECs. Just make sure to allocate enough time to get it before your flight. There are also satellite processing units at Trinoma, SM Manila and Duty Free main for the holidays. Bring the following:

  • Philippine passport valid for six months from time of departure
  • Valid working visa/work permit
  • Proof of employment such as certificate of employment, company ID, pay slip, and other equivalent document
  • Previous OEC with receipt of OWWA membership.

2. Alternatively, get your OEC from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office at the Philippine Embassy nearest you prior to returning to the Philippines.

3. Bring your OEC with you to the airport on your departure from the Philippines.

Please note that a new employment contract requires OFWs to repeat the process of first-timers. POEA processing fee is waived for extended contracts (same employer renewal).

Happy holidays, everyone!

DISCLAIMER:  The above information is applicable to landbased skilled and professional workers directly hired by companies overseas. Processes for agency recruits, seabased workers, low-skilled workers, and household service workers may be different. As we aren’t experts on this subject, kindly consult Pinoy forums specific to the particular countries and industries where you are employed or wish to be employed if you have any particular situations to discuss.We are also unable to answer questions about job openings overseas or about specific situations regarding the OEC. For more info, please contact the labor office nearest you.

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140 thoughts on “Vacationing OFW? A first-timer’s guide to POEA and the OEC

  1. robert

    i’m presently here in phil for 1 month vacation from march 1 to april 1 2013, i got already OEC, pag ibig and OWWA payment at Doha Qatar, but my passport will expired on june 04, 2013 can i renew my passport here in dfa manila..what are the requirement to renew passport or can i travel back to qatar without any problem in phil. immigration then i renew my passport in doha qatar.
    Please give some advise.. thanks

    • hi robert can you share your experience during your passport renewal please thanks!

    • Philip

      Hi Robert.

      Can you please share us your experience regarding your question? I will be having my holidays on december, will return to work January 10, but my passport will expire June. so more or less we have the same predicament.

      Thanks in advance
      Philip

  2. jhon ocampo

    pano naman po yung OEC kapag natatakan na tas na OFFLOAD kayo ?? magagamit pa ppoh ba un kapag sa pangalawang beses ?? hanggang ndi pa naeEXPIRED yung OEC ?? sana masagot poh urgent ?? yun poh kasi ang problema ko ngayon ! maraming salamat poh

  3. Nemencio R. Dela Paz Jr.

    ask ko lang po dun sa oec ko, vacation lang po ako mula nung march1 hanggang april1 po, april2 ang balik ko sa saudi, labor lang po kc ang nailagay sa position ko sa oec nung nagbayad po ako last march15, 20013 po, eh nakalagay po sa visa ko ay Gen. Driver po, wala po bang magiging problema dun sa airport sa pagalis ko sa april2? Salamat po….

  4. peng

    Kumuha po ako ng OEC sa Phil Embassy sa Kuala Lumpur bago umuwi ng Pinas. Dahil nawala ko ang old copy, kumuha n din ako ng OWWA membership sa embassy. Ang tanong, wala pong nakasulat sa dalawang resibo about philhealth, hahanapan p b ako ng philhealth sa airport? Previous uwi ko more than a year na sa ortigas ako kumuha ng OEC yung resibo may kasama ng philhealth. Bakit po wlang philhealth yung galing embassy. Ibig sabihin b mkklabas ako ng NAIA ng walang philhealth since may new OEC and OWWA naman ako?

    • jorienoizol

      @peng hindi naman hinahanap sa airport ang philhealth. Importante lang naman eh yung OEC at passport..but sa pagkakaalam ko, hinahanap lang sa airport ang OEC pag depart mo from Philippines, not on ur arrival sa pinas. kaya siguro walang philhealth na kasali sa receipt kasi wala sigurong philhealth personnel dun sa Kuala Lumpur. sa POEA pinas kasi, mayroong mga philhealth personnel kaya pwede ka ng magbayad sa POEA office mismo at di mo na kailangan pang pumunta sa mismong office ng philhealth para magbayad.

      • jjjj

        sir good day po, nawala po oec k, perovalid pa yung owwa memebrship ko, gusto kong kumuha ng bagong oec hahanapin pa po ba yung lumang oec, may record po ba ang owwa ng naging membership fee ko, thanx po

  5. edskies

    maam magkano po ang babayaran sa processing fee sa POEA kasi sinisingil ako ng agency ng 15k just to process + 4k sa stamping ng qatar embassy.pleas reply ASAP

  6. edskies

    maam magkano po ang babayaran sa processing fee sa POEA kasi sinisingil ako ng agency ng 15k just to process + 4k sa stamping ng qatar embassy.pleas reply ASAP.?

  7. samilla villa

    hi, po, ask ko lang if kailngan pang kumuha ng OEC. yung friend ko. first time lang po siya nag abroad, umuwi lang siya para magbakasyon for 1 month dito sa pinas, pero hind pa tapos yung contrata nya sa China. ang visa po niya sa China din na process. pagbalik po niya ng China kailangan parin ba siya kumuha ng OEC? or pagkatapos na ng contrata niya?

  8. adlie

    Ask ko lng kapag po b nka signature na po bko ng offer sheet ng employer d na po pbko pwd mag back out po.ang reason ko my dumating po mas malaki offer na taga ibng company kc po 1st time ko lng po mag abroad .Nawa poy masagot nyo pko maraming salamat po gob bless us

  9. karj

    I had more than a year leave from ny company. I plan to retrn this april. can i just get an oec or do i do it as a first timer?

    • nhorain

      Hello ano po ba ang process kpag gusto ko pong mg renew ng oec kc wala n po ako time para kumuha pa ng oec d2 s bahrain at saan po ba ako dpat kumuha ng oec

  10. crislhyn delossantos

    Pauwi na po me xa april 20 2013.. D pa po nkakakuha ng oec ko how many days po pag procesa kasi ina antay ko po ung bond na insurance na knuha nang amo ko. Mag aalala me baka mhrapan me bumalik. Thankkz

  11. shirley lopez pertudo

    Iam working here in singapore,how can i get OEC if the available appointments is may7-may 10,2013 my holliday is on april 28,2013.if i get OEC in philippines is there an assurance that i can set an appointment before i go back in singapore?

  12. hello! my husband is in the Philippines right now for holiday..umuwi po sya noon Feb.27 at balik nya sa april 28 when he had been to the Phil Embassy Doha Qatar he had been advised na sa pinas daw sya kukuha ng OEC kc daw sobra daw sya ng isang araw sa 2 months na validation ng OEC kung sa aiport po sya kukuha ng OEC ano po un mga documents na ipapakita po nya dun para ma issuehan po sya. Thanks and looking forward for your response.

  13. Roger

    Sana mag post kayo ng mga Outlets kung saan mas malapit kumuha ng OEC kasi ang layo ORTIGAS kung mang galling pa kami sa Cavite

  14. Quick question. You noted that if it is a new employment contract, the process has to be repeated like first timers. Is it the same case for extended/renewed contract? It will be the first time I’m going home after 2 and a half years and we have renewed my contract in Cairo. Thanks a lot!

  15. waiting for reply

    not even one reply?????
    what do you do if you lose your previous OEC?

  16. justine

    I want to share my experience.. I went to Philippines twice, February 24, then October 28. My contract started May 23, 2011 to May 23, 2013 – that shows 2 years contract. Twice I have to get OEC in PH just before I boarded back to my work/country. I went to local POEA Office, in my province, filled up its form, then they told me to go PAG-IBIG, Phil Health, OWWA, and back to POEA office. Paid all the amount required to maintain its membership. POEA said, you have to get OEC every time you go back home and return back to your work/country.

    • jorienoizol

      Pag-ibig, Philhealth, and OWWA payments are good for one year only. If you come back to Phil after a year, you will need to pay all these again. But if you return to Phil after less than a year, you will not need to pay all these dahil covered ka pa nung last payment mo. But ang OEC, it is a must to get it everytime you return to Phil coz hindi ka papapasukin ng immigration sa airport kung wala ka nito.

      • jun

        you r information is misleading. don’t post if you are not sure…

      • mary lou

        pag ibig and philhealth one year valid but owwa is two yrs kse po last kuha ko hg owwa is 2013 then valid siya til 2015 its written at the back of ur passport. skin gnun kase

    • JP™

      need lang po ang OEC pag babalik ka sa work country mo pero from abroad at uuwi ka di po yun need, OEC po is para ma exempt tayo sa travel tax at airport fees ng NAIA so hindi kailangan ang OEC pag uuwi ka ng pilipinas..

  17. sara moud ali

    HI PO VALID PA PO BA ITONG ID KO POEA AT OWWA MULA 1991 PA , KASI NOONG UMOWI AKO SA PINAS GALING PARIS FRANCE HINANAPAN AKO NG OEC EH DITO YATA SA FRANCE WALANG LABOR OR POEA OR OWW KASI NOON GUSTO KONG MAGBAYAD NG OWWA WALA EH. PAANO KONGA PALA MAEPATULOY ANG MEMBERSHIP KO SA OWWA MARAMING SALAMAT AT HIHINTAYIN KO PO ANG SAGOT NINYO,

  18. trisha

    hi there…quick question lng po sna..i need ur urgent reply…:)
    i am leaving tom for Singapore…ask ko lng po sana, meron npo akong OWWA tska Pag Ibig kso need ko pong kumuha ng OEC sa Airport..ask po sana kung mgkano ung charge nila for this…pls reply tnx much!

    • nhorain

      Hello ano po ba ang process kpag gusto ko pong mg renew ng oec kc wala n po ako time para kumuha pa ng oec d2 s bahrain at saan po ba ako dpat kumuha ng oec

  19. Gilberto Castillo

    Magkano po lahat ang babayaran sa pagkuha ng OEC?Balik manggagawa ako pero 7 years ako sa saudi ngayon lng ako umuwi last march 4 ang alis ko ulet ay sa june 4.mga magkano kya ang babayaran ko sa pagkuha ng OEC sa POEA?????????

  20. Jay

    Hi! ask ko lang po kong ung processing ba employment docs direct hire OFW s Main Office lang ng POEA? or they are also accepting the processing in their sattelite/provincial offices? thanks in advance.

  21. aldrian molab

    pinagbabayad po ako ng processing fee, ang tanong ko po kung may resibo po ba, ang sabi wala daw ilagay na lang daw sa log book, tama po ba yun

  22. waren

    ask ko lang po kailangan po bang magbayad ng philhealth at pagibig?? necesary po ba un or kahit wag na basta may OEC ka.. hahanapin pa ba ung phil health at pagibig sa airport????

  23. Abdel

    My domestic helper who was working my family in KSA moved with family who immigrated to UK for 2 years. She had an official UK residency, an old saudi contract, a letter fro me by increase of her salary. She want for vacation in Philippines she said she need a new contact. I don’t know what to do, her airline reservation is tomorrow, and no time to do any thing now. And we will lose the ticket and other costs. What to do any help please? Thanks,

    • Hi Abdel –

      I hope things worked out for you – how did it go? We’re about to send our helper home to the Philippines from the U.S. and want to make sure we have all the documentation so she can leave without hassle.

      Thanks!

  24. shell alegre

    Anu po ba kaylangan first timer kami mgbabalik bayan ng asawa ko from italy..ung asawa ko po petition ko anu pong document ang kylangan nya kc cover ko naman sya..wala dn sya work d2..

  25. Divino Briagas

    hi there, i am currently working here in saudi. i will be travellng to India and Malaysia for a business trip with my boss before spending two weeks vacation in the Philippines. As i don’t have time to get an OEC here in Jeddah, I was thinking if I can get an OEC in Malaysia? or in NAIA?

  26. Richard Salo Pangilinan

    question? pano po kung naiwan ko yung mga copy ko sa jeddah. like OEC copy. Company contract? ang meron lang ako re Entry Visa.

  27. Richard Salo Pangilinan

    question? pano po kung naiwan ko yung mga copy ko sa jeddah. like OEC copy. Company contract? ang meron lang ako re Entry Visa
    paki inform naman po ako agad… kasi dumating ako noong june 4. 2013. now po pabalik na ako this june 17, 2013.

  28. kelangan ko pa po bang i renew ang oec ko which i got last november 2012? at magkano po ang babayaran? every 6 months po kasi ang vacation ko. salamat.

  29. yelenamaligaya

    SIR,MADAM,GUSTO KO PONG UMUWE NG DEC.SPENDING HOLIDAY SA PINAS PYAG NMAN PO EMPLOYER KO PAANO PO ANG PROSESO AT MGA KAILANGAN KONG DOKUMENTO.FIRST TYMER PO AKO SA MAL
    AYSIA.TNX REPLY ASAP

    • pinoyerasmusmundus

      Kung dumaan na kayo sa POEA bago kayo umalis ang kailangan lang ninyo ay yung validated contract at yung lumang OEC. Kung hindi pa kayo dumadaan sa POEA, gagawin ninyo iyon pag-uwi ninyo. Dalhin lahat ng dokumento. Iba-iba ang kailangan sa inyo depende sa trabaho ninyo, pero magdala ng malaking halaga para sa OWWA. Tumawag kayo sa Philippine Embassy sa KL para makasiguro. Ipaliwanag ninyo ang buong sitwasyan para maabisuhan kayo ng POLO.

      • medz

        gud pm… ask ko lng po kung need ko pa ba kumuha ng OEC khit mag tourist lng ako sa dubai. coz i am an ofw before in dubai pero di me nkapagbakasyon and i went home here in our country cancelled visa. inoff load ksi ako sa naia imigration they are looking for OEC kailangan pa b ng OEC kung tourist ka lng
        but my sponsor is my husband at di pa sya nagbabakasyon dito sa pinas.

      • Gerent

        No need na yung lumang OEC.

      • divina

        sir uuwi po ako,OFW po ako d2 sa moscow russia, ano po mga documents ang submit ko para makauwi at makabalik thanks….

  30. jhake

    ako po ay sana australia at ang asawa ko po ay kukunin ko dyan sa pinas, my visa rin po sya at dependent ko po sya, anu anu po ang mga requirements na kelangan nya sa airport bgo sya umalis?

  31. jhoy

    Hello po, bago palng ako dito sa Dubai at balak kong umuwi ng pinas, bago palang ung OEC ko (4months) galing ng pinas dahil direct hire akong kinuha ng employer ko, kailangan ko pa bang kumuha ulit sa philippine embassy sa Dubai bago mg exit papuntang pinas?

    • pinoyerasmusmundus

      Pwedeng sa embassy o sa POEA sa Pinas na kumuha bago bumalik ng Dubai. Kapag nagamit na ang OEC, hindi na pwedeng gamitin ulit.

  32. Dhang

    Hi po im currently working po dito sa dubai at uuwi po ako this coming july pero yung ticket ko po eh dubai -kuala lumpur – dubai sabay po kasi ako sa bf ko na dun nagwowork at nakabili na din po ako ng ticket from KL -Mnl- Kl.. Ang tanong ko lang po yung pabalik ko po ng kuala lumpur need ko pa ba magbayad ng terminal fee kahit na may oec ako? Pls reply po.. Thanks

  33. yelenamaligaya

    Hello po nid ko pong umuwe ng dec.22 sa pinas may sakit nnay ko pmayag nman po ang employer ko nid ko paba ng oec bago pag balik ko sa malaysia.please help me first timer po ako kya wla aq alam. Paano po process oag blik ko sa malaysia

  34. Rolan

    good day! ask ko lang po kung ndi po ba ako magkakar0on ng problema kung magkaiba po ung position sa oec compare xa contract ko. Sabi po kasi ng agency kung ok lang daw b na gamiting positi0n xaken ay c0nstructi0n labor bound to jeddah samantalang inaplyan k0ng posisy0n ay timekeeper po. Umaasa po ako xa iny0ng tug0n,. First time ko po.

  35. Michelle

    kailangan po ba ng appearance ng asawa ko kapag kumuha ng OEC sa Dubai kahit na pirma na sya.

  36. jay marq

    i just want know some ideas.. i supposed to take vacation but my new employer said tha i must go exit to kish so that there is no problem anymore in processing my new visa. because they found too much problems in dealing with philippine embassy/immigration as they said. i had a new visa already..could it be possible to take vacation even if my visa is newly processed?

  37. Arnel Goyon

    Ask ko lng po need pa po ba ng new owwa membership pag bag nagbago ng work at employer..iba po kasi nakalagay sa oec ko nungfirst ko umalis ng pinas.tnxs..last july 2012 po ako nkaalis.

    • pinoyerasmusmundus

      Yes, kailangan ng bagong OWWA pag nagbago ang contract.

      • Graxia

        gud am po…nasa abroad po ako ngaun and am planning to go home soon mga 4days lang po,madaliang uwi urgent lang po kc…got work permit,and re-entry permit na po pbalik po here,and first time po ako uuwi and mag reg sa POEA and OWWA,is it possible po ba na ma accomplish ko lahat nang kailangan within 1day???nag aalangan po kc ako baka di ako makabalik agad dito at mawalan ako nang trabaho.

        need ko po advise nyo,hope to hear from you very soon…thank you po

  38. melissam

    Sir tanong ko lng po gaano katagal bago mareales ang oec ksi po 3 week npo ako naghihintay sa bi po ng agency nmin poea processing pa po daw eh salmat po

  39. chazel anne manlapaz

    ask ko lang po pwd po ba yung IPA po pakita sa requirements sa pagkuha nang oec kasi po d ko pa po nakuha yung work card ko sa singapore nerenew po kasi ako..pls reply para po alam ko po kung pwd po yun

    • chazel anne manlapaz

      ask ko lang po pwd po ba yung IPA po pakita sa requirements sa pagkuha nang oec kasi po d ko pa po nakuha yung work card ko sa singapore nerenew po kasi ako..pls reply para po alam ko po kung pwd po yun

  40. Tanong lang po nung july 22 flight ko to singapore natatakan na ng departure passport nung bigla akong ma offload…makakapag tour pa ba ako ng singapore ulit?

  41. ANG OEC AY PAHIRAP LANG SA OFW…..WALA NAMANG SILBI YANG OEC NA YAN, ABALA LANG SA OFW KASI KAILANGAN MO PANG MAG-LEAVE SA TRABAHO PARA LANG KUMUHA NG OEC NA YAN. PIPILA KA NG KALAHATING ARAW SA EMBASSY PARA LANG DIYAN.

  42. Maricel Gelladuga

    hi po ask ko lg po,im currently work here in abudhabi,at uwi po ako ng pinas nextyear at gs2 ko pang bumalik d2!
    Questi0n is:Oec lg ba ung ned na erenew at ipakta sa immigrati0n paglabas ko ng bansa?dumaan na po ako sa mga tesda,pdos,owwa,so what po ung papers na ipapakita sa immigrati0n paglabas ng pinas?
    Thank u!

  43. Leonida miao

    Hello.
    What the procedure s airport if uuwi ng pinas.

    Thanks
    Eda

  44. pwede ba ako mag paappointment ng oec ko sa araw mismo ng pagdating ko para maka save ng oras thanks..

  45. Hi,

    Pahingi po nga advise sa gagawin ko. I am very new here in Malaysia this year lang ako dumating, 2013. But I plan to go home ng December and in between fly from Manila-HK-Manila. And then balik ako ng KL.

    I should be exempted to the travel tax going to HK and KL diba po? So does that mean I have to secure two OECs? Salamat!

    • pinoyerasmusmundus

      You might only need one for KL, in which case you are only exempted from travel tax to Malaysia. Please check with the Philippine Embassy in KL or with POEA, wherever you’re securing your OEC.

  46. gud pm, 6 months lng kc contract ko d2 s singapore, kng s pinas aq kuha oec d nmn kya aq mhirapan? at anu ano b ang requirements n kailangan ko dalin, please pkisagot kc i2 wik nko mgbbakasyon s pinas 11days lng nmn po .

  47. Grace fajardo

    Hello,nwala Ko po OEC form Ko anu po dapat Ko gawin?open po ba Kayo ng week ends pra sa lost OEC?kya po ba makuha yun sa loob ng isang araw?please reply.thanx Godbless ..

  48. maria christina estangco

    tanong ko lng po 2years ang contrata ko d2 sa saudi pro nag paalam ako sa amu ko na ayaw ko nha at gus2 ko na umuwi kc kala ko kya na ng katawan ko un pla hindi pa 2 months pa lng kc ako nakakapanganak.pumayag pu ung amo ku umuwi ako dhl kailangan dn ako ng anak ko.tanung ku lng wala po ba ako makukuha sa owwa blik manggagawa?

  49. anna melissa redulla

    Anu po requirements to process po sa poea for direct hire employee and how long will it take bago matapos ang oec?anu po ba ang steps?

    • Gelo

      Iparegister mo sa POEA ung Job Order kung sino yung Direct employer na sinasabi mo tapos humingi k ng recommendation sa POEA kung sino yung licensed na agency na pwedeng lumakad ng mga papeles mo. tnx

  50. Jen

    Hi po, i am currently working in maldives, plan ko umuwi sa pinas, kaso lang nong pumunta ako dito is tourist lang ako at nakahanap ng work po, at gusto kung kumuha ng OEC at kung ano pa mga kailangan na maging legal akong OFW please nman po tulungan nyo po ako…

    • pinoyerasmusmundus

      Pwedeng itanong sa pinakamalapit na Philippine consulate/embassy kung saan merong POLO (overseas labor office). Sila ang makakatulong sa iyo.

  51. Hi!

    I have some queries, is it possible ba na yung employer yung mglakad ng OWWA membership and ID nasa Singapore yung employer ko Direct hire. Do I need pa ba pumta sa POEA pra magsabmit ng necessary docs?.
    Thanks!

  52. annable

    kailangn pb ng kontrata eh dun din aqko sa dti kong amo

  53. Just want to share the OFW OEC Form Filler that I found, para di na tayo mahirapan mag fill up ng form http://ofwteki.p.ht

  54. anne

    good afternoon po…im here for vacation in the phils. for 14 days vacation and was not able to secure oec in hongkong so they require me to get it in poae manila is it possible to get an oec with my passport, contract and with my hongkong id to be able to get oec?

  55. Good morning….tanong ko lang sir/madam..tama ba na visa grant notice or vevo ang dadalhin kong requirement para makakuha ng oec papuntang australia?sino ang magchecheck ng visa ko.
    tnx

  56. galing po ako sa dating kompanya member na po ako sa phillhealth at owwa, Ngayon po papunta po ako sa australia para magtrabaho sa bagong kompanya.yun ho bang visa grant notice at vevo ay sapat na para makakuha ng OEC.Ang sabi ho sa akin na electronic visa na raw at di na kailangan ang visa label para sa aking passport.

  57. mhon

    ask ko lng po kung pd na ko padalhan ng visa ng kpatid ko (october) pero december pa po ako plano pumnta ng china?

  58. Jelly Enriquez

    Hello! Tanung ko lang po. Kauuwi ko lang po ng pinas last sept. Pero nakabalik na po ako abroad this oct. then upon checking all the papers nakita ko ung oec ko. Naalala ko nagbayad ako sa pagibig at philhealth sa branch sa province namin. Upon checking my name sa pagibig sabi nila hnd pa daw ako members. So nagapply ako ulit. Nagbayad ako for 1yr. Tapos sa philhealth naman sabi not valid daw un payment ko so nagbayad ulit ako. It means nadoble ang mga bayad ko this yr for pagibig at philhealth. Do i need to refund it or they will just extend my payment in 2 yrs?
    Please reply. Thanks

  59. dloryajQ

    tanong ko lang po kung kailangan ko agad mag bayad ng oec kung galing ako ng saudi tapos punta ng macau for travel only and then balik ulit ng pinas then balik ulit saudi for my job. do i have to pay for my oec for going to macau?

  60. Lailane Gonzalo

    Hi nakakuha na ako ng OEC ko dito kaso nga lang gusto ko pong palitan ang passport ko from Ms. to Mrs. at from Christian to Islam matagal pa po ang expiration ng passport ko lahat ng documents ko pati na plane ticket ko ay Ms. pa rin ako at christian pa rin gusto ko pong palitan para maka attend na rin po ako ng pilgrimage next year posible po bang palitan yun at magamit ko pa rin yung plane ticket ko kahit Ms. pa rin ang nakalagay at Mrs. na yung pasaporte ko pls reply to my email..lili57sul@yahoo.com thanx..

  61. apple calimag

    Hi there kabayan I just want to ask what is the process in getting new OEC and how much will I pay for it ? Because I’m going to philippine for 2weeks vacation and my oec is still valid and it will expire on june 2014? Thank you

  62. anah tirao

    hi, need you advise lang po. direct hire po ako from pinas nung employer ko sa doha since last year. kaso nagdecide sila na dumaan nlang ako agency para mas mabilis processing papers ko at sympere from my side gusto ko din nmn pong maging legal OFW bago ako umalis ng pinas last year. concern ko lang po is pwede po ba akong kumuha directly ng OEC sa POEA paguwi ko sa pinas next month? allowed po ba ganun? and di rin ba magkaproblem since iba ung nailigay na job designation ko sa visa (receptionist) while sa contract (documentation asst)? last time po kc nung dumaan ako sa OFW center sa airport bago me umalis eh na-question po nila yun, good thing pinayagan nila ako & sana di na ulit mangyari ganun sa next alis ko sa pinas. thanks!

  63. mark leigh

    Hi evening every one! gusto ko lang po itanung kung bakit ang tagal ng release sa OEC ko nung 2nd week pa ako ng nov hangang ngaun hindi pa lumalabas ang oec ko?

    • pinoyerasmusmundus

      Are you sure that was what you asked for? You should get it from POEA/POLO on the same day you apply.

      • Armando Daguinod

        Magandang umaga po sa inyo ask ko po kung ok lang na icancel q ang OEC ko sa Jeddah at kukuha po ako ng bago for Oman dahil po mas magandang oppurtunity ang sa isang employer sa Oman. kakukuha q lang ng OEC for Jeddah.

        salamat po ng marami ito po ang email add q salamat/ man.daguinod@gmail.com

  64. cha

    hi may tanong lang ako, a friend of mine wants to go on vacation to the phils next year, she is coming from new hampshire. thing is, she exited from saudi arabia (it was through direct hire) and never made changes on her papers in poea. now she wants to fix her documents but we don’t know what step to take first. we have these options that we were kinda playing with but we don’t know if it’ll work.

    1. can she just go back home and once she’s there. she’ll fix the issue with poea, present her new contract and the works? (does she still need to take pdos and medical before she can leave, she already had those done she first left for saudi).
    2. is there a way for her to fix her problems with her documents in an embassy here in the US so there won’t be any worries when she goes home and comes back here? (she’s got an H1B work visa good for 3 years)
    3. can she go home then exit through another country. like go through hongkong or singapore, we’d imagine exiting through other countries, there would be no need for an oec.

    hope someone is familiar with these things so we can have a much better know-how of wat our next step would be.

    thanks!

  65. hi,

    ask lang po. ung last na kuha ko ng oec ay noong 4/13/12 andito po me sa pinas nag-emergency vacation lang po ako. pagbalik ko sa saudi kkuha po ba ulit ako ng oec kahit wla pang 1yr simula ng kinuha ko? babalik pa rin ako sa dati kong amo. urgent reply….Godbless u all!!

    • pinoyerasmusmundus

      Kailangan ng bagong OEC tuwing babalik ka sa jobsite. Pero baka hindi mo pa kailangan ng bagong OWWA.

  66. charm

    Hi ask ko lang po. I forgot my previous OEC sa singapore and id like to get an OEC at poea… can i still get an OEC even if I have no previous OEC? Thanks for the reply…

  67. Diego ambat

    Hello po. Pano pag wala na yung previous oec ko. Hindi ba ko makakakiha ng oec npara makabalik ng saudi? Meron lang ako dito ng visa, passport at contract? Please help. Thanks

  68. Maribaysantos

    Hi po tanong ko lang po bakasyon po ako ng march to june 26 jn po ako kukuha ng oec s pinas tanong ko lang po pwede po b ako kumuha ng may 20 .at magkn naman po ang byaran s philhealt ngaun .

  69. Bing

    Comment lang po Ako about this process na kumuha ng OEC. It’s just so unfair for our OFW especially for those who will be in the Philippines for only a short period of time example a week due to an emergency like a death of a family member and the POEA expect these OFW to line up for processing for a couple of days instead of spending quality time, and to grieve with their families. why should they pay for Phil health when they are not using it kc sa abroad may sariling health insurances nmn cla then ung Ina kumukuha pa ng travel insurance bagi umuwi. Can they make it easier for the OFW. Considering their contribution to the Phil economy. It’s just so unfair. If gusto mgkapera why just keep it simple for them. Isa pa Hindi nmn cla mkakawork o makakakuha ng working visa without a medical exam.

    • Josh

      I feel your pain Bing. Why do we have to go through all these hassles samantalang pwede namang i-automate ang pagkuha ng OEC at mag bayad online? And why do we have to get one everytime we go home. Can’t they just issue an OFW ID or certificate with validity of at least 2 years so that we don’t have to fall in line everytime we go home? Kung kailangan nila ng proof of employment to ensure that the person is a currently employed overseas, why don’t they request the person to present his recent payroll slip or ask for his employment certificate, or any proof of his employment abroad. It would still be inconvenient for OFWs but for goodness sake, at least lalakarin lang ang HR ng opisina kesa naman pumila ng pagkahaba haba sa embassy. And what is this OEC for anyway?

      I’m planning to go for a short vacation this February since I have a week of leaves to spend para hindi mag expire but because of the hassles of getting that OEC, I’m thinking of going to other country instead. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one thinking of that option. Imagine how much money the country is losing to other countries from vacationing OFWs simply because it’s easier to go to other countries than to go home to our beloved motherland! Ang pera ko sana na pang book ng eroplano, ng hotel, pang kain sa restaurants, pambili ng kung ano anong gamit para sa sarili na dapat sana mapupunta sa Pilipinas ay napupunta nalang sa ibang bansa dahil sa requirement na yan.

      For goodness sake Philippine Government! Citizens po kami at nag ko-contribute ng malaki sa bansa natin na in the first place ay very OFW-dependent, ayusin nyo naman. Pls. lang.

  70. marvs

    Yes, I call this as a “day-light robbery” for OFWS. This should be abolished.

  71. Glorelyn

    Hi good am/pm, tanong ko lng po kumuha n po ako ng oec for my flight jan 29 ngayun po na missed ko po yung flight ko di ako nakapagflight ang problema po natatakan n yung oec ko pde ko p po bang gamitin yun sa second flight ko sa feb 9?pinarebook ko kc yung ticket.sana po matulungan nyo po aq yun po problema ko,,maraming salamat po!e2 po yung email q… cglorelyn@yahoo.com

  72. redskie

    good day po. tanong ko lang po kung need pa po ba magpamedical at mag pidos kapag ngcross country?.. ganito po kasi situation ko. dati po akong nag wowork sa UAE tapos me nag hire sakin dito sa oman. so basicaly nagresign po ako sa una kong employer at binigyan ako ng temporary working visa dito sa Oman.hindi na po ako umuwi ng pinas. ano po ang process para makakuha ng bagong OEC pag bumalik ako sa new employer ko galing vacation since nagresign ako sa dati kong employer na naka register sa POEA?.. thank you.

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  74. renee

    Pwede bang huwag n lang bayaran ang philhealth? Hinahanap ba sa airport

  75. romualdo p zambrano jr.

    gud day poh ask k lang kasi nung pumunta ako ng saudi nd ako bin igyan ng copy ng contract din pag tapos ng dalawang taon ..nag change sponsorship ako..bali d2sa saudi ang tawag change kapala…panu po yan pag ako umuwi sa ocotber tapos ..yung dating kung amo kay nd ko n amo sa pag balik ko d2,anu yung mga ducumento na kailangan ko para makabalik ako sa panibagu kung amo…hoping mabigyan nyo ako linaw sa ganitong sitwasyon..babalik pa kasi ako. d2…tnx

    • Tessannie Salada

      Good kase nandian ka pa.. henge kalang lang payslip or new contract na nakapangalan na sa bago mung amo.. ako kase ganyan din nagchange yung employer ko.. kasu prob. Ko nandito nako sa pinas..

      • pareho tayo miss tess, ganyan din ako new employer copy lang ng iqama transfer ang meron ako at visa , flight ko na sa 21 ng april kaso wala pa rin akong oec

  76. Tessannie Salada

    Kukuha fuh ako ng oec.. ok lang fuh ba yung.. old contact ko.. un lang fuh yung kulang ko.. kase private business lang fuh .. and ung mga ids q .. pinaiwan ng amo ko!

  77. jay matthew

    ask ko lng po kumuha ko ng OEC dito sa qatar balak ko magrenew ng passport sa pinas. di ba magkakaconflict un kasi nilalagay nila passport number sa OEC or mas ok bang pagbalik ko na sa qatar ako mag renew ng passport? thanns…………

  78. joan dador

    Namatay po father q nung thursday lng march 20,gusto q po sna umuwi kya lng ayaw sagutin ng employer q ang lhat ng babayran kasi 5 months plang ako dito sa kuwait.anong dapat kong gawin wala din po akong pera.anong mga papers ang kailangan kong ayosin

  79. Just would like to ask if why all housemaids visa cant get oec from business centers and why they must go directly at the main office of poea.and do we need to pay every two years the owwa membership?

  80. i was on vacation from dec.16 til now kumuha ako ng oec kanina pero di ako inisyuhan kasi wala akong dalang copy ng contract,employment certificate, at mga id, meron lang akong passport, valid reentry visa attachment at copy ng iqama ng company namin, but ayaw nila akong isyuhan ng oec ,flight ko na 19days from now di ko alam yun gagawain ko?

  81. Datz

    good day sa lahat, ask ko lang po, andito pa po ako sa qatar ngayon pero balak kung magbakasyon sa pinas next week for emergency, ano pa po ba ang mga requirements na kakailanganin ko, kasi wla po kasi akong hawak na original contract, puro kopya lang po ang hawak ko, tapos yung pro namin nakabakasyon, ano pa kaya ang pwedeng support documents para makakuha ng OEC. I need urgent answer po, salamat ng marami

  82. tess

    paano po kung hindi nakakuha ng oec sa poea sa edsa? puede ba sa airport kumuha? sabi kc pag more than 5 days ang stay mo sa phils, dapat sa poea kumuha. hindi po ba papayagan umalis? o meron lang penalty?

  83. Good pm po ask ko lng po sna if pwedeng makakuha ng oec kung ipapakita ko po yung old oec ko po kc hanggang april 20 lng po xa,nholdup po kc ako nkuha po yung passport ko kya nag apply po ako ng panibago pero ang sa 25 pa po ng april makuha kya po kc ako nagmamadali kc hinahabol ko po yung medical check up ko sa singapore sa may 05 sna po ma advisan nyo po ako kung ano po ang dapat gwin maraming salamat po.

  84. henry

    tanong ko lng po.bkasyon ko ngaun dto s pinas galing aq ng saudi tas nagkabulutong aq marami ko naging peklat s mukha hnd po b aq magka problema pagdating ko ng airport ng saudi dahil s naging peklat ng mukha ko?klangan ko pb magdala ng medical cert?paki sagot lng po agad.tnx

  85. Bean Miranda

    Ako rin hindi nakakuha ng OEC pero lipad ko na pabalik sa KSA sa Sabado. Pano kaya ito?

  86. Bean Miranda

    sa April 19 na…umuwi ako sa pilipinas noong April 6…

  87. emerson ibale

    hello guys pwed mag ask? san ako pwed magpavirify ng aking OEC?!urgent lng po…… tnx!

  88. john ben

    Elow..magbakasyon aq sa dec tas sa feb ang.balik ko..1st tym q poh.mgbakasyon at hnd q alam yung mga requirements..nasa malaysia poh aq..sa airport.ng NAIA pwd ba.kumuha ng OEC.OWWA at phil health?

  89. Stan

    Makakakuha ka lang po ng OEC (PhilHelath, Pag-Ibig, etc) sa NAIA if your holiday is so short (like 4 days or shorter). Ibig sabihin nito, wala ka nang time para kumuha pa nito in a normal way. So, walang ibang paraan kung hindi sa airport na mismo. But if you have ample time to get it, you better follow the instructions stated in this blog for first timers. Malinaw naman ang mga steps kung saan ka unang pupunta at kung saan pupunta sa pinakahuli. Ang alam ko, kailangan mo na ring mag-online appointment bago ka pupunta sa POEA (noong huling kuha ko kasi ay hindi pa). This is the link – http://bmappointment.poea.gov.ph/. Nandiyan na rin kung magkano ang mga babayaran mo. Just be cautious on the available dates. Baka maubusan ka ng slot sa mga dates na nasa Pilipinas ka. Goodluck!

  90. sheela

    hi. just want to ask if i lost one copy of my oec. i read that i should have 4 copies of them. but i only have 3. is there any problem regarding that? thankyou.

  91. sheela

    i read that i should have 4 copies pf my oec. what if i lost 1 of them? is there any problem about that? thankyou.

  92. jhey

    Ask ko lang po pano kung expired na within 6 mos ung passport? Makakapag apply pden po ba ng oec? Nag apply na po ko ng renewal ng passport kaya lang bka later than my flight yung release.

  93. gud day..ask q lng po mgkno po ba ang processing fee sa poea kpag direct hire..t.y po and godbless..

  94. Bellin

    I’m presently living outside the Philippines as a dependent of my froreinger husband. We will be moving to another country in a few months where both of us were offered a job. Our company will process our work visa at their country’s embassy office in NYC. We advised them to have it processed there since we will be there in NYC around the time when visa processing should be done. I am going home to the Philippines this week, I wonder what I should do. Do I have to get an OEC? I will leave the Philippines and then fly to Canada ( I have a tourist visa) to visit family then after a few weeks will go to NYC ( I also have a US visa) to process my work visa there. After a few weeks we will then fly to our country of employment. This is my first time to work abroad. My questions: 1. Do I need to get an OEC? Is a work visa a requirement to get it? If so, I’m afraid I cannot do it since my work visa will be processed in NYC. Only after then I can have a work visa. 2. Can I just get an OEC when I come back here after a year? By then I already have the work visa. 3. Will the immigration let me go if I told them I’m leaving and will work abroad but my work visa will be processed in another country? 4. I am thinking maybe I can just simply say I’m a dependent of my husband and then just process the OEC when I get back to the Philippines, by then my work visa is stamped on my passport. What is the best thing to do?

  95. Liezl

    Hi.what if more dan 2 months k s pinas 4 vacation.2 months lang ang validation ng OEC.anu ba Ang mga kailangan qng papers para maka Balik ulit.Same employers p rn.

  96. weng

    good day po, dito po ako ngyon sa dubui pauwi po ako ng pinas next month at balik ng aug di ako nabigyan dito ng oec kasi my passport will expire on jan 2015, my question po is pwede po ba sa pinas na ako mag renew ng passport at kukuha ng oec? thank u po hope u can help me

  97. Elaine

    Hi Good day po,
    ask ko lang po kung first timer dapat kumuha sa consulate kung saan sila naka base, or pde pong kumuha ng OEC sa pinas na? Salamat po.

  98. Kate

    Hi. Ask ko lang, umuwi ako ng December at kumuha ng requirements para sa owwa and oec. Valid for 2yrs ung phil health ko and owwa. Bumalik ulit ako dito sa pinas ng June at aalis nitong August. Kailangan ko ng oec ulit, PERO expired na ung working visa ko. Irerenew ng employer ko ung visa ko pag balik ko ulit nitong August. Pano yun? Ung visa ko lang ang expired, pero lahat is valid pa : contract, pagibig, owwa, philhealth saka ung ibang docs. Makakakuha kaya ako ng oec? Salamat!

  99. LYN

    FLIGHT KO NA PO BUKAS..I HAVE MY VISA AND RETURNING TICKET…DITO PO AKO SA MALAYSIA NAGBAKASYON KASAMA NG MGA AMO KO,BABALIK DIN PO AKO DITO SA MALAYSIA BAGO PO PAUWI SA PAKISTAN KUNG SAAN AKO NG WOWORK. ANG TANONG KO PO PWEDE BA AKONG ISYUHAN NG OEC KAHIT WALA PO YUNG CONTRATA KO?

  100. CELESTE C TULISANA

    tanung ko lang po bkit po sobrang tagal ang release ng OEC ko.sinabmet po ng agency ko JUNE,3 2014 until now po hindi pa rin daw po lumabas OEC KO.anu po ba ang problema ng papers ko….kc nkarenew n me ng VISA.THANKS PO….ako po si..CELESTE C TULISANA.

  101. ronalyn

    ask ko lamang po kasi sa august 27 na po ang balik namin sa qatar with returning ticket at yung oec po namin. magiging problema po ba kung sa airport na mag babayad ng pag ibig at phil health at kung titignan po nila kung nakapag bayad kana??

  102. Hello po.dito po ako sa kuwait.5years na po ako dito now plang uuwi.magbabakasyon po ako sa pinas.pwede po ba ako mkapagbakasyon ng 4months.kasi matagal na ako Hindi nkauwi.gusto ko po sana sulitin yung bakasyon ko..OK lang po ba 4months valid papo ba yun sakali magbalik manggagawa po ako balik sa amo ko..please po reply.thank you

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  104. joy

    ask q lang po ksi tourist po aq sa dubai kay kua kilangan po ng immigration ang oec ng kua q eh kakakuha lang ng kua q ng oec nia dun sya kumuha sa dubai pero nd pa daw natatakan pwedi kea un ipakita sa immigration ksi sabi ni kua pag uwi lang nia ng pinas xaka lang matatakan ung oec nia ?salamat po sa sasagot

  105. waazzap

    DO you need POEA exit clearance if you are traveling with EAD/Advanced Parole from U.S.?

  106. naj

    hello po ask ko lang andito po ako sa china.gusto ko sana malaman kung paano at ano ang requirements para makakuha ako ng OEC.kc ung pasok q dto dti tourist lang then nakakuha aq ng working visa.until now yun ang hawak kong visa.gusto ko sana kumuha ng OEC sa hongkong then balik china pde po ba un?

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