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:
- Accomplished OFW info sheet (available at the venue)
- Passport stamped with working visa
- Proof of OWWA membership such as ID or receipt
- Authorization letter (if done other than the applicant)
Other requirements may include work permit cards, air tickets, employment contracts, and others.
Related: How to Apply for OEC Online
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 Regional Offices
JANICE S. QUERRER
POEA Regional Center for Luzon
3rd – 4th Floor, Shania Building, Quezon Avenue
City of San Fernando, La Union
ROMEO A. JARAMILLA
POEA Satellite Office. Region II
13 Dalan na Pagayayya
Regional Government Center
DELFINA M. CAMARILLO
POEA Regional Ext. Unit-CAR
Benitez Court Compound
Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City
(074) 445-4209 (telefax)
POEA Satellite Office – Region III
SM City Pampanga
Bgy. San Jose, Gapan- Olongapo Road corner NLEX, San Fernando City Pampanga
POEA Satellite Office – Region IV
No. 4 Penthouse, Hectan Commercial Center
Chipeco Avenue, Brgy. Halang Calamba City
(049) 502-2798, (049) 834-7974 (telefax)
POEA Satellite Office No. V
3rd Floor ANST Bldg., Washington Drive
EVELIA M. DURATO
POEA Regional Center for Visayas
Ground Flr. DOLE Building (old Insular Building)
corner General Maxilom Ave and Gorordo Ave
(032) 412-0040 to 42
RHEA GLYNDA D. CALANTAS
POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region VI
3rd Floor, Robinson’s Place – Iloilo
Ledesma corner Mabini Streets, Iloilo City
(033) 336-8611, (033) 335-1058
CARMEN S. NAGUM
POEA Satellite Office
2nd Floor, Old City Hall
(034) 434-7391 (telefax)
ROSARIO P. JERVOSO
POEA Satellite Office
DOLE Compound, Trece Martirez
(053) 321-7134 (telefax)
MARIA CAROLINA B. AGDAMAG
POEA Regional Center for Mindanao
2nd Flr., AMYA II Bldg.
Quimpo Blvd. cor. Tulip Drive
Ecoland, Davao City
(082) 297-7429 (telefax)
(082) 297-7428, (082) 297-7650
POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region IX
2nd Floor, Goodwill Center
Mator Jaldon St., Canelar, Zamboanga City
ANNA LIZA V. TIGLAO
POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region X
Ground Floor Trinidad Bldg.
Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City
(08822) 724-824 (telefax)
EMERITA B. GERMO
POEA Satellite Office XII
Ilao Building (OWWA) Judge Alba St.
(083) 520-0203 FAX
AMALIA T. PAQUIBO
Satellite Office- CARAGA
Door 2, Nimfa Tiu Bldg 7 JP Rosales Avenue
(085) 342-6178/7584, (085) 225-5989
AMER HASSAN E. DORO
POEA Satellite Office – Tawi-Tawi
Initiative for Tawi Tawi Area Devt. Foundation Bldg.
Old Housing Proj., Tubig Boh
Bongao, Tawi Tawi
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