The Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC, also called the ‘exit pass’, is a requirement that needs to be presented on international ports of exit in the Philippines to prove that the person bearing it is a legitimate overseas Filipino worker or OFW. The OEC is for any OFWs who are back to the Philippines for a vacation, and will be back again to the country where they are currently employed.
The OEC is also a requirement under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA’s rules and regulations which would help guarantee that the OFWs are properly documented and protected. OFWs who have OECs exempt them from paying travel tax and the airport terminal fee.
OFWs that are on vacation, rehired or returning to the same employer, and those with existing record in the POEA database can use the Balik-Manggagawa Online Processing System. But Balik-Manggagawa’s that do not meet this criteria will be redirected to the BM Appointment page for the regular processing of OEC on the OFWS convenience, choosing their preferred date, time and processing site.
According to POEA administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, the BM online facilitates the validation by the immigration officers at the airport of the OEC being presented by the OFW.
OFWs need to follow these steps for the BM online processing of their OECs.
- Go to http://bmonline.poea.gov.ph/ and register or sign up by filling up the boxes with the information needed under the “New User” category.
- Check the email you provided for the verification link. OFWs must confirm the registration by logging in using the account email address and password you’ve entered.
- Verify your current OEC number. Input your OEC number on the pop up box that will appear. OFWs can also check the validity of their OEC number. In case you don’t have with you at that moment your OEC or you can’t remember, you can just click OK and ESC to remove the pop up box.
- Input all the needed information. Fill out all the box with the necessary information needed like:
- Passport number
- Expiration date
- Visa number
- SSS number
- PhilHealth number
- Pag-IBIG number
- Contact number
- Employer details
5.Click the Save button. After entering all the correct information needed, OFWs must not forget to click the save button so the BM online OEC application will be successful.
For OFWs who have applied for their OECs abroad, your OEC number will not yet be found in the BM online system.
OFWs that will use the BM Online will have to pay for the processing fee worth Php 100 and Php 19.50 for the e-payment service fee.
Watch the BM Online Instructional Video.
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Dubai is indeed a greener pasture for OFWs that’s why many are opting to look for overseas jobs here. This is true for the lucky Filipino who had just won the Dubai Duty free promo last October 1, 2014.
Dubai Duty Free draws the latest $1 million winner of their Millennium Millionaire promo. And the recipient of the ticket number 3948 drawn is a Filipino named F. Jackson.
Jackson can’t believe that he had won, saying that he ‘almost had a heart attack upon hearing that I just won one million dollars. Never in my wildest dream did I ever imagine to win such a huge amount of money.’
Three more winners were announced, each winning a luxury vehicle. Joining Jackson in the latest batch of lucky winners were Ranjith C.P and Soman Narayan who both won a Porsche 911 Carera Coupe and McLaren MP4 12C Coupe, and Marques Thierry who won a Ducati Monster 1200 motorbike.
Jackson said that it was the second time he bought a ticket in the million-dollar promo, along with his three colleagues.
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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) had listed these approved job orders for licensed recruitment agencies in the Philippines for OFWs who are looking for available jobs in United Arab Emirates.
Listed below are the recruitment agencies name, address, and the job order approved by POEA for deployment in UAE:
1. ABBA Personnel Services Inc.
Address: Unit 1102, 11/F, Goldloop Towers, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Job Order: Nurse
2. HR Select Inc.
Address: Unit 2105-A, West Tower, Phil Stock Exchange Center, Pasig City
Job Order: Sales Executive
3. EDI Staffbuilders International Inc.
Address: Units 701, 703 & 704 Corporate Center, 139 Valero Salcedo Village, Makati City
Job Order: Financial Analyst, HR Officer, Purchasing Officer
4. CB & T Pro-Staff Inc.
Address: 755 Maria Clara St. Brgy. Plainview, Mandaluyong City
Job Order: Civil Engineer (Site) and Engineer (Draftsman/Architectural)
5. FILHIGH-GNS Inc. (formerly Fil-High International Manpower Inc.)
Address: Ground Flr (RW & LW) and 2F, Metroview Real Estate, 915 San Antonio St., cor. Pres. Quirino Ave, Malate, Manila
Job Order: Common Laborer
6. HIRO Global Manpower Inc.
Address: Room 101, Ground Flr., Zen Bldg., 8352 Mayapis St., San Antonio Village, Makati City
Job Order: Nurse
7. Giant International Employment Agency Inc.
Address: 6/F, Yrreverre Square, 888 Mindanao Ave., Quezon City
Job Order: General Cleaner
8. Batangueño Human Resources Inc.
Address: G/F, Dona Elisa Bldg., 1872 Remedios St. Cor. Taft Avenue Malate, Manila
Job Order: Electrician, Foreman (Electrical & Mechanical)
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If asked to choose between health and wealth, most Filipinos or OFWs will choose the first one. Apparently, this will be the obvious answer so as not to cause a stir and think of someone as money-minded.
Health, in every aspect should be the priority for everyone, especially OFWs who are working abroad. OFWs sacrifice everything just to provide better future for their family by overseas jobs. And most of the OFWs, though they’ve experienced bad experiences from foreign employers abroad, still decide to look for overseas jobs and work abroad again. This decision means taking risk in every aspect by working abroad – health, happiness, family, homesickness etc.
This is why Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Rosalinda Baldoz reiterated the call for OFWs not to take any risk by applying or entertaining employment or job offers from Ebola-hit countries like Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. She further said that the deployment ban for these countries still exists, and OFWs paper will not be legally processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA for them to be sent to work abroad.
The announcement was made by DOLE secretary amidst report stating that there was a high demand for healthcare workers for deployment on the West African countries to aid the increasing number of patients with Ebola virus.
The total ban deployment was enforced by POEA last month as part of the preventive measure for OFWs to avoid being infected with deadly Ebola virus disease.
Also, a total deployment ban was imposed for newly-hired OFWs last July when the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued crisis alert level 2 on the three countries because of Ebola virus spreading.
This total deployment ban ordered by POEA includes the processing and deployment of returning OFWs even if they have existing employment contract in the Ebola-hit countries.
Filipinos, especially OFWs, should heed the call not to apply for overseas jobs in the West African countries greatly affected by the Ebola virus. You all have one goal, to earn much money for the family, but it would be useful if you’ll be infected by this alarming deadly disease that had claimed thousands of lives.
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A pre-employment medical examination is one of the many requirements before a Filipino can leave the Philippines and work abroad. POEA said that medical examination is required only after the applicant has been interviewed by the employer, principal or the representative of the recruitment agency and the job offered has a job order from the POEA.
A medical examination would determine if the applicant is healthy enough to go overseas and be employed abroad. The main objective of this examination is to secure the deployment of healthy Filipino workers or OFWs so that the scenario of repatriation in the future is less likely to happen. Medical examinations for Filipinos will help identify any health condition that may affect the OFWs ability to perform the job. If anything is diagnosed, remedies may be taken to avoid recurrence of such problem for any Filipino who wishes to work abroad.
The medical examination for Filipinos or OFWs varies among each principals or hiring country. But the goal of each medical exam is to evaluate the overall health and well being of the Filipino or OFWs and know ahead any health condition which may increase the risk of complications and injuries when they work abroad.
Normally, a medical exam for an OFW is composed of the physical exam and laboratory test. This may include:
- Urinalysis or Fecalysis
- Chest x-ray
- Height and weight
- Vision, which includes acuity and color test
- ECG for those 40 years and above, and for those with cardiovascular findings
- Complete blood count
- Blood chemistries
- Dental check-up which may include treatment/ filling or extraction.
- Pregnancy test for women
- Special tests like Hepatitis B screening, HIV, Drug test and more.
If there are no abnormal findings during the exam, the applicant will be cleared for deployment overseas. The doctor will sign a form stating that the Filipino or OFW is fit for employment and can work abroad.
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