DOLE Issues Resolutions to Exempt OFWs from OEC Requirements


President Rody Duterte is indeed a man of courage and always true to his word as he ordered the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to exempt Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Overseas Employment Certificae (OEC) requirement on an experimental basis.



According to DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III under the directives of President Duterte the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), has issued Governing Board Resolution No. 12, Series of 2016, exempting a group of OFWs from OEC requirement starting September 15, 2016.

The resolution was signed by Sec. Bello, POEA Administrator and Governing Board Vice-Chair Hans Leo J. Cacdac, and members Felix M. Oca, Estrelita S. Hizon, Alexander E. Asuncion, and Milagros Isabel A. Cristobal.

According to the DOLE Secretary the POEA Board issued the Resolution following the directive of the President to streamline processes in the deployment of OFWs, to affod them facility and ease in transactions before government offices.

Based upon the resolutions exempted OFWs on a pilot basis are returning workers who are: (1) returning to the same employer and job site, and listed in the POEA database of OFWs; or (2) hired through POEA’s Government Placement Branch.

Aside from the exemptions given to select OFWs, DOLE also noted that the POEA is already implementing the Balik-Manggagawa Online Processing System which has eliminated the long lines at its offices, but Sec. Bello emphasized a further need and growing demand to enhance the system for workers returning to the same employer and job site.

POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 12, series of 2016, states that an OFW Balik Manggagawa or returning worker returning to the same employer or job site shall, prior to departure, shall register at bmonline.ph, and provide personal and employment particulars to validate if the worker is indeed exempted from obtaining the OEC.
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