Thursday, November 27, 2014

OEC Requirements


What is an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)?

An Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is a requirement under POEA rules and regulations to help ensure that Filipino Overseas Workers (OFWs) are properly documented and protected.

Only OFWs are required to get an OEC.  In this case, OFWs would include: work permit holders such as Household Service Workers as well as S-Pass, E-Pass and PEP holders.

What are the requirements for the issuance of OEC?

1.        Household Service Workers (HSW) 

  • Three (3) copies printed appointment sheet
  • Valid Embassy verified employment contract
  • Original Work Permit
  • Original Passport
  • Two-way ticket or itinerary issued by travel agency
  • Proof of OWWA valid membership
  • Updated receipt of Pag-ibig Fund membership contribution

 2.       S-Pass/Employment Pass 

  •  Three (3) copies printed appointment sheet
  •  Original Work Pass
  •  Original Passport
  •  Two-way ticket or itinerary issued by travel agency
  •  Proof of OWWA valid membership
  •  Updated receipt of Pag-ibig Fund membership contribution

3.       Personalized Employment Pass/Dependent Pass 

  • Three (3) copies printed appointment sheet
  • Original Employment Contract for PEP holders; LOC and Original Contract for Dependent Pass Holders
  • Original Work Pass
  • Original Passport
  • Two-way ticket or itinerary issued by travel agency
  • Proof of OWWA valid membership
  • Updated receipt of Pag-ibig Fund membership contribution

4.       New OWWA/OEC Applicants 

  •  Three (3) copies printed appointment sheet
  •  Original Work Pass
  •  Original Passport
  •  Two-way ticket or itinerary issued by travel agency
  •  Updated receipt of Pag-ibig Fund membership contribution
  •  Embassy Verified Employment Contract
  •  Contract Verification Requirements

Two (2) copies employment Contract (Original and Photocopy)
Two (2) copies IC/Work Pass
Two (2) copies passport
Two (2) copies Company ACRA/Bizfile/Registration
Two (2) copies Employer’s IC
Payment of SGD 59.50 (17.00 –Verification Fee; 42.50 – Authentication Fee)
Processing is at Counter 1 (kindly get a queue number)

Where and When to file an OEC?

OEC applications can be filed at windows 3 & 4 of the Philippine Embassy (Monday to Friday from (9:00 am to 12:00pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.)

How long does it take to process an OEC?

During ordinary days (except peak season), 20 to 30 minutes provided the documentary requirements are complete.

Can a Household Service Worker (HSW) apply directly with the embassy to secure an OEC, without passing thru a Singaporean agent?

Yes, provided she has a valid employment contract processed by the Philippine Embassy, in addition to other documentary requirements stated above.

How much is the processing fee of OEC?

SG$3.00 each, payable in cash only.

What is a multiple OEC and until when is it valid?

An OFW, who will travel to the Philippines twice or more during the pendency of his/her contract, may apply for a multiple OEC.   The issuance of Multiple Travel Exit Clearance (MTEC) is governed by POEA MC. No. 12 series of 2005 which allows the issuance of multiple exit clearance to OFWs with short contract durations and frequent vacations.  Issuance of MTEC is subject to the validity of the work pass or OWWA membership at the time of the OEC application and has a maximum validity of two (2) years.    

If you have any inquiry please email the Embassy’s Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) at polosingapore2@yahoo.com.sg.