NAIA to process exit clearance of Samar, Leyte OFWs

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

IN A bid to alleviate burdens of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from typhoon-hit areas, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advised them to process their overseas employment certificates (OEC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said that he has already directed their personnel in all NAIA terminals to open processing of balik-manggagawa OECs from Samar and Leyte.

"POEA Labor Assistance Centers at NAIA Terminals 1, 2, and 3 to issue 'Balik-Manggagawa OECs' to OFWs, who can show proof or documents that they are residents of Leyte and Samar and they are returning to the same employer," said Cacdac.

A separate counter was also opened at the POEA main office to accept applications for OFWs from Samar and Leyte.

"This is open to OFWs from Samar and Leyte, who are not leaving on the same day that their OECs are processed," said Cacdac.

Those required to have OECs are workers on vacation or on leave from employment under a valid and existing employment contract and who is returning to the same employer regardless of any change in jobsite, to finish the remaining unexpired portion of the contract; who was rehired by the same employer after finishing his/her contract and who is returning to the same employer, regardless of a change in job site; and whose employment contract was not processed with the POEA but was subsequently verified and registered with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in the job site and who is returning to the same employer either as a worker-on-leave or rehire, regardless of any change in job site.

Required documents for OEC processing are Philippine passport valid for six months from time of departure; valid working visa/work permit; and proof of employment such as certificate of employment, company ID, pay slip, and other equivalent document.

And with the expected deluge of returning OFWs this Christmas season, Cacdac said they are set to extend the office hours of OEC counters as well as opening satellite offices.

"To our dear Balik-Manggagawa: POEA Ortigas will be open at 6 a.m. on the following peak dates: December 23 and 26, and January 2, 3, and 6," said Cacdac (@HansLeoCacdac).

In addition, Cacdac said they will also be open on January 4 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Aside from the POEA main office in Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City, OEC counters are also available in POEA regional offices, Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs), and SM Manila.

Cacdac said they are also looking to open OEC counters at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) office in Pasay City and the Pag-Ibig office in Buendia Avenue, Makati City.

The POEA also has an online appointment system that can be used by OFWs that enables them to choose the time, date, and processing unit most suitable to him or her.

“The most convenient way especially for those with tight schedule or little time to spare for the exit document, is to use the POEA’s balik-manggagawa appointment system which is free and available at bmappointment.poea.gov.ph,” said Cacdac.

During the Holiday season, a large score of OFWs are often returning to the country to spend Christmas and New Year with their families. (HDT/Sunnex)

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