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OFWS IN SINGAPORE LEARN ABOUT SECURING OEC THROUGH POPS-BAM

Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph del Mar Yap (top photo) delivers the welcome address while Secretary of Labor and Employment Silvestre Bello III (middle photo) provides his message during the activity.

Serving as resource speakers from the POEA were Mr. Goerge V. Parlan (bottom photo, left) and Director Ken Sarmiento (bottom photo, right).  Labor Attaché Atty. Margarita Victorino, POLO-Singapore  (bottom photo, center) was the Moderator for the webinar (POLO-Singapore  photo).

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(18 February 2022, Singapore) – The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – Singapore and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, held a webinar on the POEA Online Processing System for Balik Manggagawa or POPS-BaM on 12 February 2022.

The webinar was conducted in response to the requests by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Singapore for more information on the POPS-BaM, the POEA online registration system for Returning Workers (Balik Manggagawa), which was launched in July 2021. The Philippine Embassies in Jakarta and Phnom Penh also extended their support for the joint project and invited OFWs in Indonesia and Cambodia to attend the webinar.

In his opening remarks, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph del Mar Yap expressed his appreciation to POLO-Singapore and POEA for convening the webinar, which will be helpful for kababayans who may not be aware of the new online system and who may need to register in the POBS-BAM in order to obtain an OEC to return to their job sites after a visit or vacation to the Philippines.

Secretary of Labor and Employment Silvestre Bello III, in a recorded message, emphasized the importance of registering under the POPS-BaM as it will provide for a convenient way to obtain an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) especially during the pandemic. He also reiterated the role of the POLO to share information with OFWs to ensure the protection of their rights and the promotion of their welfare.

Serving as resource speakers from the POEA  were POPS-BAM system designers Director Ken Sarmiento of the Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) Branch and Mr. George Parlan, OIC Databank Network Management Division, ICT, who provided step-by-step procedure on how OFWs can create their personal POEA account and secure their OEC online as Balik-Manggagawa.

The webinar was well-received with over 100 participants attending  via Zoom. A recording of the webinar may be found in this link.

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