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.
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|
|POEA REGIONAL CENTER FOR LUZON|
|La Union||POEA Regional Center for Luzon|
|3rd Floor, Tabora Building|
|P. Burgos St., San Fernando City|
|Telefax: (072) 242-5608/4335|
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
|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|
|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|
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
|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|
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
|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.|
|9000 Cagayan De Oro City|
|Telefax No. (088) 857-4920|
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
|ZAMBOANGA CITY||POEA Regional Ext. Unit RO IX|
|2/F Jose Co. Building|
|8 Veterans Ave., Zamboanga City|
|Telefax No. (062) 992-0946/992-4042|
|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
|9:00AM to 4:00PM||
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.).