Direct or Name hires are Filipino workers who are able to secure an overseas employment opportunity with an employer without the assistance or participation of any agency. Although your future employer would take care of the requirements (pane tickers, work visa etc.), you must still have certain documents processed at the POEA. It was April 15, 2017 when Sec. Silvestre H. Bello III ordered a suspension of processing and issuance of Overseas Employment Certificate for all directly hired overseas Filipino workers.
On May 16, 2017 The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has recalled the suspension order on the processing and issuance of Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) to all directly hired Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
OEC is a very important document for OFWs, whether first time or working and returning to the Philipines since this will serve as your exit clearance before you can leave the country. If you are a direct hire, you will need to go to POEA to acquire an OEC. For first time OEC applicants, do not forget to register and set an OEC appointment schedule at bmappointment.poea.gov.ph.
These are the POEA requirements for OEC:
1. Registration – Register at Windows 6 (Skilled/Professional Workers) or Windows 14 (Household Workers) and get a number. Wait until your number is called.
2. Proceed to the designated window.
3. Submit both Original and Photocopy of the documents for verification.
• 2×2 picture
• Work Visa
• Employment Contract/Agreement must be verified and duly authenticated by Philippine Embassy. The quickest way not to wait for the authentication since you are a direct hire is to ask for approval directly to Name-Hire Director and POEA Administrator by signing the Addendum saying that the employer will provide a return ticket and will be responsible if anything happens during your stay abroad.
4. Wait for verification and the recommendation for medical and PDOS referral.
• Proceed to OWWA to schedule and get a slot for the PDOS seminar that will cost you Php400.
• Choose an accredited clinic and take the medical exam that may cost you Php2,500. You will receive fit to work medical certificate
5. Undergo PDOS (Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar) and take Medical Exam.
6. Go back to POEA (window 9 for skilled and professional workers and window 12 for household workers).
7. Submit the verified documents along with the certificates received for final approval.
• Valid Passport
• Employment Contract
• Valid Working Visa
• PDOS Certificate
• CPDEP Certificate (for household workers)
• Fit to Work Medical Certificate
8. Pay the necessary amount for OEC which includes $100US for POEA processing fee and OWWA membership fee of $25US (Philhealth and Pag-IBIG which is optional)
9. You will receive the OEC
For first time OFW and Filipinos who are interested in working abroad thru direct hire process, here is the important advisory on deployment of direct hire workers. Under the 2016 Revised Rules and Regulations on the Recruitment and Employment of OFWs:
Section 123. Ban on Direct Hires – No employer shall directly hire an OFW for overseas employment.
Section 124. Exemption from the Ban on Direct Hiring. The following are exempted from the ban on direct hiring:
- Members of the diplomatic corps;
- International organizations
- Heads of state and government officials with the rank of at least deputy minister; or
- Other employers as may be allowed by the Secretary of Labor and Employment, such as:
- Those provided in (a), (b) and (c) who bear a lesser rank, if endorsed by the POLO, or Head of Mission in the absence of POLO
- Professionals and skilled workers with duly executed/authenticated contracts containing terms and conditions over and above the standards set by the POEA. The number of professional and skilled OFWs hired for the first time by the employer shall not exceed five (5). For the purpose of determining the number, workers hired as a group shall be counted as one; or
- Workers hired by a relative/family member who is a permanent resident of the host country.
For some countries, POEA has granted exemptions to direct-hiring policy such as major labor exporting countries in Canada, Italy and Hong Kong from the mandatory $5,000 repatriation bond and up to $3,000 performance bond.
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