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What is an OEC and How to Apply for OEC?

What is an OEC?

An Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is a requirement under POEA Rules and Regulations to help ensure that Filipino overseas workers (OFWs) are properly documented and protected. This certificate, when presented at Philippine airports for outbound international flights, also exempts OFWs from travel tax and terminal fees normally charged to travelers.


How to apply for OEC?
OEC can be obtained at Philippine embassies or consulates abroad or POEA offices in the Philippines (addresses below). Basic requirements from OFWs include the following:

  1. Accomplished OFW info sheet (available at the venue)
  2. Passport stamped with working visa
  3. Proof of OWWA membership such as ID or receipt
  4. Authorization letter (if done other than the applicant)

Other requirements may include work permit cards, air tickets, employment contracts, and others.

How long does it take to get an OEC?
Normally, OECs can be obtained within the same day of application, depending on queues or availability of attending consular staff.

How much does an OEC cost?
It depends on the currency of the venue OEC application was made, but is around P100 in Philippine currency. Payment mode is available in cash only.

Is it possible to apply for multiple OEC?
For OFWs who intend to travel to the Philippines multiple times during a short period of time (2 or more in a year) it is possible to apply for MTEC.  Issuance of MTEC will be subject to validity of the work pass and OWWA membership presented in OEC application.

How to verify if I received the complete OEC document?
Upon receipt from a processing officer, ensure that you receive four (4) copies of this document.

1 copy – for the airline
1 copy – for the Labor Assistance Center (LAC) Counter
1 copy – for the Terminal Fee Counter (located at the Airport)
1 copy – to be presented to the Immigration Counter (OFW’s copy)

Check the validity of travel at the lower left side of the printed copy.

Where to apply OEC?

In the Philippines:

POEA Head Office – NCR Blas F. Ople Building
Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA
Mandaluyong City
La Union   POEA Regional Center for Luzon
3rd Floor, Tabora Building
P. Burgos St., San Fernando City
Telefax: (072) 242-5608/4335
Baguio City   Regional Extension Unit – CAR
Benitez Court Compound,
Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City
Telefax: (074) 442-9478/445-4209
San Fernando Pampanga Satellite Office RO III
3rd Floor, FS David Building
McArthur Highway
Dolores, San Fernando, Pampanga
Tel. No. (045) 961-3910/961-1305
Fax No. (045) 961-2195
Calamba City Laguna Satellite Office RO IV
Room 1 Hectar Commercial Center
National Highway, Brgy. Halang, Calamba, Laguna
Telefax: (049) 834-7974
Legaspi City  Satellite Office RO V
OWWA U5, Ground Floor
Ants Building, Washington Drive, Legaspi City
Telefax: (052) 481-4935
CEBU CITY   Regional Center for Visayas
3rd Floor, Gemini Building
719 M. J. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City
Tel. Nos. (032) 416-7049/416-7056
Fax No. (032) 416-7051
ILOILO CITY  Regional Ext. Unit – RO VI
2/F S. C. Divinagracia Bldg.,
Quezon Street, Iloilo City
Telefa: (033) 335-1058, 336-8611
BACOLOD CITY  Satellite Office
3/F, Maybank Building
San Juan St., Bacolod City
Tel No. (034) 434-7391
DAVAO POEA Satellite Office
2/F AMYA II Building
Quimpo Blvd. corner Tulip Drive, Davao City
Telefax: (082) 297-7429
Tel No. (082) 297-7640/7650/7428
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY   POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region X
3/F Acersyant Bldg.
Kauswagan Highway
9000 Cagayan De Oro City
Telefax No. (088) 857-4920
2/F Jose Co. Building
8 Veterans Ave., Zamboanga City
Telefax No. (062) 992-0946/992-4042


Hong Kong

Days Place Address
Monday – Thursday Philippine Consulate

14/F United Centre

9:00AM to 4:00PM General

95 Queensway, Admiralty, HK

Friday : 9:00AM to 12:00NN Filipino Worker’s Resource

3/F Post Office Building

Saturday: 10:00AM to 3:00PM Center (FWRC)

650 Cheung Sha Wan Rd

Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon

Sunday Bayanihan Center

Kennedy Town

9:00AM to 4:00PM

Hong Kong


Philippine Embassy
20 Nassim Road, Singapore 258395
(Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Lucky Plaza – 304 Orchard Road, #03-11
(Sundays only from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.).


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