Friday, September 10, 2010

POEA Overseas Exit Clearance now available online!

OFW's are close to my heart since I came from a family whose main breadwinner is an OFW. Hence, I would like to dedicate issues concerning OFWs here in my blog as it is also a consumer issue.

I received an e-mail from Pilipinas teleserv about a new service of providing POEA overseas exit clearance or OEC online.

For those who would like to know more about POEA overseas exit clearance OEC, this is the FAQ I gathered from the POEA's website.

What is a POEA travel exit clearance?

It is a clearance issued by POEA to OFWs who exit from the Philippines for employment purpose.

OFWs with working visas/employment contracts will be allowed to leave the Philippines only if they have a POEA travel exit clearance which comes in the following forms:

a. Overseas Employment Certificate(OEC) – issued in the different POEA regional offices/ regional extension units/satellite offices, POEA deputized OWWA Offices and Philippine Overseas Labor Offices. It is also issued during manual processing of BMs at the POEA Central Office.

b. E-receipt – issued for computerized processing at the POEA Central Office and POEA Regional Offices. It is an integrated receipt for payments of POEA, OWWA, and Philhealth fees.

c. Multiple Travel Exit Clearance(MTEC) The multiple travel exit clearance is a set of two or more clearances issued to a worker-on-leave/Balik manggagawa for use as an exit document within a period of twelve months from date of issuance. It allows the worker-on-leave/balik manggagawa who exits from the Philippines more than once in a period of twelve months to secure his exit clearance on a one-time basis.

The following offices are issuing multiple travel exit clearance:

POEA Main Office, Ortigas

Balik-Manggagawa Processing Civision (BMPD) Service Area
Blas F. Ople Building, Ortigas Ave. corner EDSA
Mandaluyong City
Tel. No. (02) 7210785, Fax No. (02) 7296342

2nd Floor, LZK-Zamboanga Bldg., Quezon Avenue
City of San Fernando, La Union
Telefax No. (072) 242-5608 / 700-4236

DOLE Compound, Trece Martirez, Tacloban City
Telefax No. (053) 321-7134

Ground Floor, Trinidad Bldg., Corrales Avenue
Cagayan de Oro City
Telefax No. (08822) 724-824

2nd Floor, AMYA II Bldg., Quimpo Blvd cor. Tulip O Drive
Ecoland, Davao City
Telefax No (082) 297-7429 / 297-7650
POLO Jeddah

POLO Singapore

All overseas Filipino workers leaving on employment visa / work or equivalent document (such as no objection certificate [NOC], employment pass, gainful occupation permit, confirmation of the right to labor activity, work visa guaranty) shall be required to secure an exit clearance from the POEA or its deputized offices.

Filipino workers with overseas employment contracts but are issued visas other than work / employment (such as: business and visit visa) for the purpose of facilitating the mobilization, shall likewise be required to secure exit clearances from POEA or its deputized offices (POEA Advisory No. 15, series of 2005).

What are the uses of a POEA travel exit clearance?

a. It serves as travel exit pass for OFWs at the airports.

b. It serves as an exemption certificate from payment of Travel Tax and airport terminal fee upon presentation to the airline counter and airport terminal fee counter.

c. It serves as a worker’s guarantee that he is covered by government protection and benefits;
Pursuant to Section 35, Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act 1995 (Republic Act 8042), OFWs shall be exempted from the payment of travel tax and airport terminal fee upon presentation of the POEA exit clearance.
Ground Floor, Trinidad Bldg., Corrales Avenue
Cagayan de Oro City
Telefax No. (08822) 724-824

So you might ask, what makes Pilipinas Teleserv's online OEC service convenient?

According to Pilipinas telerserv website

The POEA Balik-Manggagawa Overseas Exit Clearance (OEC) delivery service enables every vacationing OFW to enjoy on-the-phone processing of their OEC enabling them to enjoy more of their vacation time with the family. No need to go all the way to the POEA. POEA Balik-Manggagawa OEC delivery is open from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm. The door-to-door delivery service has nationwide coverage.

For those OFW who find themselves in the POEA, they can still avail of Balik-Manggagawa Express delivery services. Simply process your passport in the POEA Balik-Manggagawa booth located inside the POEA and expect your OEC to be delivered to you.

You may also contact them at or at
POEA Balik-Manggagawa OEC Delivery (02) 737-7777

Yes it's a new service and most of us might be uncomfortable to try something new because we are used to the old ways but I am telling you availing of POEA's online services will save you a lot of time and spare you unnecessary effort. You might think you are saving money if you do it the traditional way but money is something you can always earn back but time spent is something you can NEVER gain again. So spend your time wisely, spend it with family. :)



  2. You are right Anonymous. The page from POEA cannot be opened anymore. It also means it needs updating. Let me research about the updates and post it here as soon as I have information.

  3. i went back to the philippines last november from china. i had a business visa but when i departed phils, i wasnt asked for any exit clearance. now i am going back to the philippines to process a work visa, what are the requirements for a n exit clearance? how long will it take for processing?

  4. I am holding a commercial visit/business visa, I am offloaded last Friday because an immigration officers are seeking an exit clearance from POEA. Do I really need to secure the said documents? Thankyou! and Godbless.