Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)
The Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is a requirement under the rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to help ensure that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are properly documented and protected.
The OEC, sometimes also called the “exit pass,” is required to be presented to international ports of exit in the Philippines as proof that the holder is a bona fide OFW. It is thus necessary when a Household Service Worker (HSW), or any OFW, goes back to the Philippines for home leave, if he/she intends to return back to the country of employment.
OEC holders are exempted from paying the travel tax and the airport terminal fee.
For OFWs in Singapore, there are two ways of applying for the OEC. The first is in the Philippines, and the second is in Singapore.
Applying in the Philippines
Applying for the OEC in the Philippines has been made more convenient by POEA with the launch of an online appointment system on 5 November 2012. OFWs can get an appointment by accessing the POEA website at www.poea.gov.ph. Click here to access the Balik-Manggagawa OEC system, where you can choose the location to get the OEC.
To avoid long queues for the OEC application, the POEA has put up counters at the following:
(1) POEA main office in Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City;
(2) Duty Free Philippines in Parañaque City;
(3) SM-Manila near Manila City Hall; and
(4) Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.
If you are staying in the Philippines for five (5) days or less, you can get the OEC at the Labor Assistance Counter of the airport terminal.
For OFWs staying in the provinces, you can walk-in at the POEA Regional Offices nearest your place without making an appointment. For a list of regional offices, click here.
Applying in Singapore
As a second option, OECs may also be obtained at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, using the same online appointment system, by clicking here. Please note that “walk-in application” of OEC (coming to the Embassy to apply for OEC without an appointment) has been discontinued by POLO.
The Embassy encourages OFWs in Singapore to apply ahead of one’s travel, especially long before the onset of a holiday in Singapore. Another way to make the OEC application less inconvenient is to apply for “multiple OEC” which is not just for single travel.
|For more information, please see the FAQs on OEC here.|
|The list of requirements for the OEC is here.|
|If you have specific queries, please contact the Labor Section of the Embassy at firstname.lastname@example.org|