Secretary Bello suspends deployment of workers to Kuwait.

Pending the investigation of the cause of deaths of seven OFWs in Kuwait, Secretary Bello issued today, January 19, Administrative Order No. 25 Series of 2018, directing the POEA to suspend the processing of OECs for deployment in Kuwait.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Saturday clarified that overseas Filipino workers already holding a plane ticket and an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) can still proceed to Kuwait despite the deployment suspension announced on Friday.

In an interview on Super Radyo dzBB, Bello said only those who do not yet have an OEC will be covered by the deployment suspension prompted by reported cases of maltreatment of OFWs by their Kuwaiti employers.

POEA exempts returning OFWs from OEC requirement

Filipino Workers Abroad who will be returning to their former employer, or “Balik Manggagawa,” will no longer be required to secure an overseas employment certificate (OEC) starting next month, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced on Monday. The POEA announced, in accordance with POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 12, Series of 2016, issued following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to streamline the processes in deploying OFWs.

Overseas Filipino workers returning to their jobs or same employers abroad are now exempted from paying travel tax as well as securing overseas employment certificate and paying Philippine Overseas Employment Administration processing fee. Click the Memorandum below.

FOR MORE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION: 20+ Most Asked Questions About OEC Exemption

The implementation of the resolution “on an experimental basis” will start on September 15, 2016.

Covered by the OEC exemption are returning workers who are:

  • OFWs who are returning to the same employer and jobsite and with existing record/s in the POEA data base;
  • And those hired through the Government Placement Branch, or the POEA’s in-house recruitment facility for Filipinos aspiring to work abroad.

Note: To qualify for the exemption, however, the returning worker must first register through the BM Online Facility before departure. Registration is free on www.bmonline.ph.

Who will continue to Process OEC requirements?

1. First time OFWs
2. Visiting OFWs who will go back to the same employer, but different job site.
3. Visiting OFWs who will go back abroad to work for a new employer.

To qualify for the exemption, however, the returning worker must first register through the BM Online Facility before departure. Registration is free.

The information that the worker will provide will be stored in the POEA database and transmitted to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to serve as reference for the Immigration officer who will validate if the worker is qualified for the exemption.

Those who will not be exempted from the requirement will be directed to the BM online webpage where they may register again and set an appointment with their preferred POEA center.

Those who will go to the BI counter at the airport without registering online, meanwhile, will be referred to the Labor Assistance Counter (LAC) for evaluation.

Travel tax and terminal fee

The returning worker will also be exempt from paying travel tax and terminal fee upon presentation of any of the following documents to the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA):

1. Passport valid at least 6 months from the date of departure
2. Valid Work Visa / Work Permit or Equivalent Document
3. Proof of Employment returning to same employer
(ie., Employment Contract, Certificate of Employment / Company ID / Pay Slip)

SEE ALSO: How to Get an iDOLE OFW ID Card

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Roan
Roan

Hi ma’am /sir…iam going vacation this nov 4 until nov 19…then I apply thru bm online Oec.but it says no need for me to pay so I just update only my information.after updating what will be the next step….

Gina M.Pading
Gina M.Pading

Im a teacher in Thailand for over 9 years now.Is it acceptable that I only present my VISA,WORK PERMIT & EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT?since my school not required us for company ID & PAYROLL SLIP.Im going back to the Philippines on October 6.&return in my jobsite on Oct.21.Can you tell me where should I go and are more documents to present in the airport?Thanks.

Guillermo G. Lizardo
Guillermo G. Lizardo

I will return on Aug. 25 2016 in the same employer, do I have to secure an oec?

Cathy mae canoy
Cathy mae canoy

Hi po maam sir tanong kulang po kukuha pba aq ng oec . Kc umuwi aq nov 2017 tpos bblik aq ngaun ng feb 2018. Thnk you po

Elison Angeles Pine
Elison Angeles Pine

Sir,madam , i will be going for my annual vacatio leave this coming august 31 2016 and coming back with the same sponsor do i have to secure an oec?

DubaiOFW
DubaiOFW

No More OEC for Vacationing OFWs Starting September 2016

Darwin F Lising
Darwin F Lising

Hi mam I will back in Dubai on 20 but my problem is my contract because my campany not give only my visa page in my passport that I hold.so how can I get OEC it’s OK f only my passport.ticket and my ID to representative document to get OEC tomorrow in POEA plan help me.

jay
jay

just clarification it seems that most message i read in this site is confusing this is if you want to avail exemption of travel tax and terminal fees just any of the following .
valid work visa
Work permit
Valid employment contract
Valid company ID
Recent payroll slip
Other equivalent document
take note not all of them, if there is one available example if you have already valid working visa enough for you ta avail the exemption of the travel tax and terminal fees.

Maribel B.Ballos
Maribel B.Ballos

Hello….mam/sir…..ask kulng po f need kupa ang oec.nagbakasyun lng po ako at babalik sa Oct.9 sa dati ko parin employer ako babalik….need ko po malaman f need kupa ang oec…thanks po…

Carmen barrera
Carmen barrera

Hello po uuwi po ako sa november gusto ko lng pong malaman panu magpa register para hindi nako kukuha ng oec?tnx po

jay
jay

panio namin malalaman kung qualified kami hindi n kumuha ng OEC, sino magsasavi n qualified kami

jeyp
jeyp

ask ko lng po…im currently working po dito sa saudi then ngapply ako sa australia and about to start working there nextweek so hindi nako mkakauwi sa pilipinas ..need ko pabang kumuha ng BM?

Lady Vi

I would just like to clarify as it’s a bit confusing…I just registered online. I am currently on my annual vacation and will return to same company and job site…why does it still requires me to schedule a visit on the nearest POEA? As it is clearly stated in the directive that I’m qualified for exemption… supposed i should be asked to confirm if I’m returning to same employer and job site….

Robert Calderon

Hello mam/sir pabalik n poh ako s Qatar ng febrary 13, 2017 magpasched poh sana ako ng schedule para s pagkuha ng OEC

Marife Ongog
Marife Ongog

Hello po ma’am / sir. Tanong ko LNG po kng need q p po n kmuha ng oec magbakasyon LNG nmn po aqo.2weeks at balik dn po aqo s dati kung employer… Slmat po

Jessica garcia

Hi po ma’am sir wala po kasi akong original na contrata pwede po ba yong sa email lang gling then pa scan or print ko nlng po,sa Jan,30 na po kasi balik ko sa same employer ko,thanks po

Arthur helican
Arthur helican

Hi sir mam tanung q lang poh kung maybabayaran pa ako sa oec umuwe ako ng last dec,21,2016 babalik po ako ng feb,17. 2017 same vompany same jobsite mag ten years na ako sa company nmin nagregister na rin ako sa bm online sabi sa akin duon exempted raw ako anu poh ba present q sa airport at kung maybabayaran pa ako sa oec.

Lhan

Gud day sir tanung ko lng po kilangan po ba ako kukuha ng oec balik ko po s feb. 14 same company . 8 yrs na po ako s work ko.. naka pag rgstrd na po ako s bmonline wla po ako na rcvd na notification kng exempted ba ako o hnd.. anu po gagawi ko.. anu dalhin pag punta s airport to provd na same company lng ang babalikan ko.. magkano po ba ang bayad kng sakali? Nid po ng sagot asap? Salamat…

Lorna

My husband need fly back to dubai on 23 Feb with the same employer and jobsite. But when i tried to get an oec for him through bmonline he is not exempted yet for oec. His last departure date in phils was march 12,2016. Please advise

Rae kristine calansingin
Rae kristine calansingin

Hello po,pano po ba nag register ako sa oec eh ang validity till april 15,2017 eh nakalimotan kong 60days validity pla eh babalik pa ako ng dubai may 2,2017 .pede ba ako mag reregister uli sa mid ng march para validity mid ng May ??pasensya na po talaga nawala sa isip ko.salamat

Myla

Hello,please answer our questions here,,,,returning ofw po ako,means to say exempted ako.
Update kona lng yung profile ko.
So ang tanong ko po,,pag na update kona,dadlhin kopa b yung mga requirements for getting an oec sa Philippine Embassy?
Like original contract,pasport copy ko and my employer as well.
Waiting for your response.
Thanks in advanced.

Paul g
Paul g

Hello. I am an ofw returning to the same employer, but i will take a side trip to Malaysia for 1 week from my original 1 month vacation. Am i an ofw or tourist? Will I be exempted from travel tax?

Catarina
Catarina

Exempted n ako sa oec ko.ang tanong ko ung owwa membership ko san ako pwedeng mgbyad..tnx..

herminia delcruz
herminia delcruz

Goodmorning, naipatupad na po ba yung hindi na kelangan kumuha ng oec start ng june? From taiwan kasi magbabakasyon po ako ng july.

Elizabeth Malicudio
Elizabeth Malicudio

Hello.pls reply po.nkauwi na ako last dec.ang appointment ko nun nov.20,2016.may problema daw ang system dito sa hk so temporary OEC bnigay sa akin.ngayong july 8,2017 ay uwi nman ako ng pinas. Nag aacquire ako ng OEC e hndi ako mkapasok gawa ng may pending appointment daw po ako.ano po pwede ko gawin.thanks

Ryan
Ryan

I already registered and got OEC Exemption.
And I got BM Exemption No.
Is that okay now? Please help.
I want reply please, I will leaving on June 24,2017.
Thank you for answer.

Haide Endrina
Haide Endrina

Hello po,,uuwi po ako this month emergency,,,bago po employer ko now,,nakauwi na ako dati last September 2016,,and now new employer po ako,,need ko po b ng OEC?

Priscila
Priscila

Good day sir/madam. Last June 5,2016 I got back here in Doha with the same employer . And this coming July 25,2017 I will be home for 3 weeks vacation and be back with the same employer still. Now sir/madam do I NEED TO get a new copy of VERIFIED CONTRACT of which I already submitted before hand last June 2016 before I returned here in Doha.as required for me to submit it? Also do I NEED TO GET A NEW OEC since my 2 years contract with my same employer and job site still exist and VALID? I highly… Read more »

RALPH
RALPH

Hello po..pa expire napo passport ko by january 2018, then magbabakasyon na ako sa august 12 2017 tpos babalik po ako sa November 8 2017 kaso bagong sponsor or bagong employer na po….plano ko jan na sa pinas mag renew ng passport therfore meron pa akong 3 months remaining bago ma expire passport..wala po kayang magiging problema since mag rerenew nmn na ako ditos sa pilipinas with 3 months remaining sa validity ng passport ko

Moh
Moh

Good day, ask ko lng po regarding OEC exemption, anu po ibig sabihin nito ( And those hired through the Government Placement Branch, or the POEA’s in-house recruitment facility for Filipinos aspiring to work abroad.) ? What does it mean po? Thank you.

maria mercedes ducusin
maria mercedes ducusin

hi mam ask lang po sa kapatid ko ito meron na kasi siya oec dati pano po gagawin renew nalang po ba para sa balik manggawa id

Delfin
Delfin

I got an OEC last May 2017 when I’m on my annual leave and i will be going on a short vacation this coming October 2017. Do i need to get OEC or i am already exempted . If i am exempted is there any more requirement either any papers to present in the airport during departure? I will be backed with the same employer and same site.

Joe
Joe

I got an oec last 2 days ago but my problem is the date of my departure dapat dec.28 pero nailagay ko dec. 12 kaya di pa nman ako nakabalik expired na oec kodec. 25, 2017.Ang tanong ko po pwede ba kuha ulit bago ang departure ko tnx. po.

jho
jho

Gandang gabi po! May tanong lang po ako kc po ung validity ng visa ska work permit ay hanggang february 02,2018 uuwe po ako ngayong dec.25 2017 bblik po ako ng january 19,2018 pero my dala po aq supporting documents galing sa company ko kc ung work permit ko for renewal pa lng kumuha na po ako ng appointment ng OEC magkakaproblem po ba aq kpag kkuha na ako kc po my reminders na dapat valid 6mos po ang work permit ko.Slmat po!

Myl
Myl

Hello po good day pauwi po ako netong jan. 14 at balik ng March 15.Kung exempted po ako sa pagkuha ng oec at deretso na sa airport..paano p.o. kung wala ako ng valid contract na maipakita hindi po kaya ako maka balik ng Kuwait(kasambahay)po ako

Kuwait_OFW
Kuwait_OFW

Paano po pag first timer at may visa na? ticket na lang po ang kulang, Skilled worker po ako, dapat naman sana hindi nilahat kasi may mga gumastos na at yung iba naman nagttrabaho sa labas. Pakisagot naman po reagrding sa mga may Visa na salamat.

Cyrine
Cyrine

Hi, Kapag may OEC ka na makakaalis ka pa pero kung wala pa at kukuha ka pa lang kasali ka sa suspension saka temporary suspension lang naman ito. Ang exempted lang dito ay ung mga balikbalik sa dati nila employer at ung mga nakakuha na ng OEC bago ang suspension order.

Ofel
Ofel

I got my oec excemption. Just like to know if paying of owwa is a requirement. Coz i just paid it last 2016 june and was expired this time.Will it hinder my departure going back to my employer?

Jhelia
Jhelia

May update na po ba about sa suspension ng OEC sa kuwait. Any update po…
Malapit n po kasing ma exp ang visa ko wala pa po akong oec…
Sana po mg resume na po ang pg release ng oec.

Karen
Karen

Hi, tanong ko lng po Kung possible p po bang mbigyan ng oec ang direct hire to Mongolia with authenticated contract and copy of work permit?cno po bng pdeng mlapitan about this ksi po mtgal n Kong hinihingi ng employer ko.

Grace
Grace

Helo po,
I will be in Philippines for 6 months.
Ok pa po ba ako kumuha ng Balik Manggagawa even I stay in Philippines for long?

Mary jean c baylon
Mary jean c baylon

Hilo po mam/sir ask ko po kng pwd po ako makakuha oec po magbakasyon po des coming April 18 po sabe kse Nila dito ako kukuha oec sa Kuwait admin