The Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) also known as an “exit pass” is a mandatory requirement for every Overseas Filipino Workers who leaves and goes back to the Philippines. Under Philippine Overseas Employment

Administration (POEA) an OFW who holds an OEC is legally documented and protected by the Philippine government. Likewise, OEC is presented to exit ports in the Philippines to proof the legitimacy of an OFW.

Additionally, holders of this document are not required to pay travel to tax and airport terminal fee.

How to get Balik Mangagawa OEC Exempton Step by Step

Getting an OEC before is one of the most frustrating requirement that an OFW should comply because most of the time it takes a day to get an OEC. However, this time the procedure became more convenient. Using your smartphones, tablets or any gadgets that possess a web browser, you can already get a copy of your OEC anytime anywhere.

If you are an OFW with visa or work permit who is returning to the same employer, returning to the same job site or will just go to spend a vacation. Including those who have already a record of POEA Database. You can avail of the OEC exception. All you just need to do is to sign up or register at and fill in the registration information under “New User”. If you know that you already have a record of POEA database, use the email address you provided. Always secure your email address because it will be your lifetime log in account. In case you forget it, you should contact the System Administrator.

While for those OFW’s who already registered themselves for Balik Manggagawa (BM) Online Processing System, you just need to log in and follow the procedures instructed in the website to know whether you are exempted from securing an OEC or you should secure for it. If you need to secure, you should set an appointment by following the instruction below:
1. Prepare and bring the following on appointment date:

  1. Valid Passport 6 months from the time of departure
  2. Working Visa
  3. Employment or contract.

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2. For New Users, register in the system using personal email account and click the SIGN ME UP BUTTON. Open email account to click the confirmation link.


3. For Users/Registered, log-in as ALREADY REGISTERED. Enter last issued OEC number. If no record found, set an online appointment and go to preferred POEA office.
4. If record is found, update (a)Personal Data, (b)Contract Particulars, and (c)Beneficiaries, as needed.
5. Click Acquire OEC or Exemption for online assessment. Enter flight date and confirm if returning to the same employer and jobsite.
6. If returning to the same employer and jobsite, the system will display a confirmation message indicating that worker is exempted from OEC and payment of processing fee.
7. On the day of departure, the worker shall observe the following:

  1. Proceed directly to the Airline counter for check in.
  2. Proceed to Immigration Counter to present passport which valid at least six (6) months from the date of departure, valid work visa/permit indicating existing employer and jobsite.
  3. In case work visa does not indicate name of employer, workers may present any of the following:
    1. For company hired: valid employment contract, current employment certificate, valid employment ID, recent payslip.
    2. For domestic workers: valid Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) verified employment contract may be presented.


Travel Tax and Terminal Fee Exemption

The Balik Manggagawa (BM) worker may present the original and photocopy of any proof of overseas employment to the airline counter for Travel Tax Exemption and to Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) counter for Terminal

  1. Fee Exemption.
  2. Valid work visa/work permit;
  3. Valid employment contract;
  4. Current employment certificate;
  5. Valid company ID; and;
  6. Recent pay slip

BM worker is advised to present to the MIAA counter the Airline Ticket Invoice with code Ll International for terminal fee exemption.

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