Thursday, August 21, 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 domestic helpers as well as S-pass, E-pass, PEP and TEP holders.

What are the requirements for Issuance of Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)?

Household Service Workers

  • Accomplished OFW info sheet
  • Valid Employment Contract (processed by POEA or the Philippine Embassy – if there is no valid authenticated employment contract, please proceed to contract processing counter (Counter 1)
  • Original Work Permit Card
  • Original Passport
  • Two-way ticket or Itinerary issued by travel agency
  • Proof of OWWA valid membership
  • Updated receipt of Pag-IBIG Fund membership contribution

S-pass/Employment Pass/Training Employment Pass

  • Accomplished OFW info sheet
  • Original Employment Card, S Pass, Work Permit Card
  • Original Passport
  • Two-way ticket or Itinerary issued by travel agency
  • Proof of OWWA valid membership
  • Updated receipt of Pag-IBIG Fund membership contribution

Personalised Employment Pass

  • Accomplished OFW info sheet
  • Valid Employment Contract (Present Company) or Certificate of Employment signed by the Employer/HR stating the contract duration
  • Original PEP Card
  • Original Passport
  • Two-way ticket or Itinerary issued by travel agency
  • Proof of OWWA valid membership (i.e. official receipt, certificate of coverage);  worth S$42.00
  • Updated receipt of Pag-IBIG Fund membership contribution

Where and when to file an OEC?

OEC applications can be filed at Window 3 of the Philippine Embassy (Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). OEC issuance on Sundays at Lucky Plaza has been discontinued due to the change in the official Embassy work schedule.

How long will it take to process an OEC?

During ordinary days (not peak season) 5 to 10 minutes, provided the documentary requirements are complete.

Can a household service worker apply directly with the embassy to secure an OEC, without passing thru Singapore agent (SinAgent)?

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 for OEC?

S$3.00 payable in cash only.

Multiple OEC

An OFW who will travel to the Philippines twice or more in a year may apply for and will be issued multiple OECs.  Issuance of MTEC will be subject to validity of the work pass and OWWA membership presented in OEC application.

What are the requirements for the application of a multiple OEC?

The issuance of “Multiple Travel Exit Clearances’ (Multiple OECs) is governed by POEA MC No. 12 (2005) which allows OFWs provided with short contract durations and frequent vacations to avail of the same with one year validity upon submission of the following:

  • Valid Passport (Original)
  • Valid Work Permit Card/S-pass/E-pass/TEP/PEP
  • Proof of Current Employment for TEP and PEP holders
  • Proof of OWWA membership
  • Updated receipt of Pag-IBIG Fund membership contribution

 

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