The Philippine Embassy in Singapore Launches the Balik-Manggagawa Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) Appointment System
Posted on Wednesday, 28 November 2012
The Philippine Embassy in Singapore launches the Balik-Manggagawa Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) appointment system to address the long queues of OFWs returning home for vacation.
Starting December 03, 2012, Balik-Manggagawa (BM) or vacationing OFWs in Singapore will now be able to set an appointment on-line thru the Embassy website. This appointment system was developed and launched by POEA in Manila on November 05, 2012 and is being pilot-tested in Singapore for the convenience of returning workers who are trooping to the Embassy in large numbers due to the peak season.
The Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) in Singapore clarified that the BM-OEC is not a requirement to exit Singapore but will only be needed to be presented at the NAIA upon their return to exempt our OFWs from payment of travel tax and airport terminal fee. This means that our OFWs also have the option to secure an appointment by accessing the POEA website at www.poea.gov.ph and will be able to choose where to get the BM-OEC in the Philippines. The POEA has put up counters at its main office in Mandaluyong City, Duty Free Philippines in Parañaque City and SM Manila to accommodate those who choose to get their OEC or exit clearance at a specific date and time.
This appointment service is free which is accessible at www.philippine-embassy.org.sg. While the use of the system is being promoted, the Embassy will make provisions for walk-in clients until our OFWs have familiarized themselves with the on-line appointment.
BM or returning workers have to pay SG$3.00 for OEC processing fee; SG$42.00 for OWWA contribution on a per contract coverage; and SG5.50 contribution to Pag-ibig Fund.
POLO-Singapore further stated that those who are going home due to an emergency or have immediate flights to catch are advised to make on-line appointments at the POEA website and get their OECs at the processing center of their choice in the Philippines. Further, OFWs have the additional option to walk-in at the POEA Regional Offices in their respective provinces without an appointment.