Monday, July 29, 2013

Getting OEC in Manila is Easier than in Dubai


My vacation in Manila last June 28 was my first time not getting an OEC (Overseas Employment Certificate) from Philippine Embassy/Consulate. Being an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) for more than five years and a frequent returning Filipino resident (more than 10 times I think), it is a major hassle to get such certificate for various reasons. First, in Dubai, the consulate is not open during weekends compared to Singapore where you can get OEC even Sundays. So you don't have a choice but to file a leave of absence just to get such document in Philippine Consulate in Dubai. Even if you take early lunch, trust me, 2 hours is not enough to finish the process. Second, the queue is always a major problem. Though there is a ticketing system, still the number of people processing their OEC is superb! They call it by batch and it is 20 people by hour. Third, the consulate is not that accessible; there is no train station that is walking distance so the only choice is to take a cab.


One of the first things that I did when I arrived in Manila was to look for the procedures on how to get OEC in POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) in Ortigas. The procedure is well defined and explained in their official website (http://bmappointment.poea.gov.ph). In my own experience, I did the following easy steps: (1) set an appointment using the system on the website (2) fill up the online information sheet then print it (3) go to the designated office based on your schedule and don't forget to bring all the requirements listed on the website (4) a staff will point you to the next steps which are assessment and payment (5) get your OEC from the cashier and you're done. All in all, the process did not take more than 30 minutes. Also, you can get multiple OEC in Manila but not in Dubai. So for me, it is more convenient now to process the document in Manila.  

First image taken from pinoy-ofw.com

***** UPDATE 25/10/2014 *****
 You can now get OEC online by visiting their website: http://bmonline.poea.gov.ph/. Below are the steps that you can follow (from gulfnews.com):
  • An applicant must first register his or her details using a working email address.
  • After verifying your account, log in. Make sure you have your documents with you: passport and visa copy, original OEC – must be issued in the Philippines.
  • Note: OECs issued in the UAE or other countries will not work for now (you need to get an OEC at least once from any of the POEA or OWWA office in the Philippines).
  • Fill out the information sheet. Key in your date of departure.
  • You will be led to an e-payment facility where you can choose to pay using online banking systems but they use Philippine banks only.
  • You may also use GCash or iRemit so you can pay at accredited exchange centres in the UAE. You may need to enrol your online banking if you prefer to use it, which may take time for some banks.
  • Upon payment, you will be led to the “self-print” option. Print three copies of your OEC along with the system-generated certificates and receipts that will be sent to you.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Im cofusd with the given requirements for oec.... what else do i need if i have emploment visa, passport... and employment certificate.....


Do i need to have the additional requirements...

carlomalbas said...

POEA's website clearly states the requirements though in my case, I just presented my passport, employment visa and owwa membership. they might require you to pay pag-ibig fund if their record shows that no payment has been made in the past 12 months.

Anonymous said...

Hello. I'm also here in Dubai, working already for 5 years and just renewed my contract with the same company. I will be leaving for my vacation next month. Can I just go without getting an OEC from here and obtain it back home? Thanks much.

carlomalbas said...

Hello! that was exactly what I did. I didn't get OEC from Dubai consulate. Instead, I made an appointment with POEA via their website and I obtained it from Ortigas office.

Rodgers said...

How much is this Payment, if i follow the described steps in Manilla directly? i have never done that before, are there other things i need to think about, when going abroad?

carlomalbas said...

Hi Rodgers, I didn't understand your question, it is quite vague. Anyway, OEC in Manila is less than 200 pesos. You need to show your employment visa and ensure that your OWWA membership is updated.

Anonymous said...

hi sir ask ko lang po mas mahal po ba ang babayaran ko for oec if sa pinas ako kumuha kc 2yrs po ako d nakauwi sa pinas sbi po kc skin mahal dw babayaran ko if sa pinas ako kmuha ng oec.?tnx po

carlomalbas said...

Hello, pag kumuha ka sa Pinas ng OEC, I thin pareho lang naman ang price. Pag sa Dubai ka kumuha, aabutin ka ng halos isang araw at kelangan mo pa magleave or gamitin ang off mo. Sa Pinas naman, mas mabilis, 30 minutes lang tapos na at pwede ka kumuha multiple OEC.

gerwin said...

agree ako jan, every year ako nakuha sa poea at mas mabilis kahit madaming tao.. mas systematic sila. may time counting pa sila recorded sa logbook how they serve the people per minutes.

Anonymous said...

hello sir carlos.visit visa po ako dto pero nakahanap po ako ng work dto as maid..mayroon na po yung ressdence visa ko sa passport ko at yung labour card ko at yung EMIRATE ID...pero wala po akng kopya ng kontrata..at wala akong pinirmahan..tinanong ko po sa sponsor ko sabi nya wala daw...ano po gagawin ko at panu ako makakuha ng OEC kung wala po ako kontrata na maipapakita kc magbabakasyun po ako nitong december 23 sa pinas...thank u po

carlomalbas said...

hello Anon 3:54, pasensya na sa late reply pero di ako aware sa sitwasyon mo. kasi ang alam ko hahanapan ka nila ng sulat or khit job offer pero try mo ipakita yung visa at labor card mo, ang alam ko pwede nila iconsider yun kasi last time me nakita ako, yun lang naman ang ipinakita nya sa POEA. try mo na rin yung ganun. good luck at enjoy sa bakasyon!

Anonymous said...

hi' kabayan'' ako ay free lancer ang visa ko ay baby sitter.. nakakuha ako ng oec sa emmbassy ng pinas dito sa abu dhabi, provided nila ang contract form file sign ng sponssor that it . tapos ipresent mo ang requirement ng oec.. pero kaylangan mong mgpa appointment muna sa embassy natin d2 sa uae..

carlomalbas said...

Hello Anon 10:30PM, salamat sa karagdagang impormasyon.

Anonymous said...

Hi po ask ko lng if wlang magiging problema Kung s pinas nko kukuha ng oec first time ko po kc andito ako s Dubai,at anu pong mga requirements need nila

carlomalbas said...

Hello Anon 6:16, I don't think na magkakaproblema ka unless kumpleto requirements mo. Dala ka lang ng contract mo then yung visa mo tsaka application form. Mas madali na mag-apply ng OEC online. Follow mo lang yung steps sa taas.

Unknown said...

pwede po ba malaman panu mag bayad via dragonpay sa mga non bank establishment?

carlomalbas said...

Hello Anon 8:14, I don't think you will need OEC anymore. Starting September 15, you won't need it if you are returning to the same employer.

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