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balik manggagawa guidelines 29May2008

balik manggagawa guidelines 29May2008



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Guidelines from POEA for Filipino OFW
Guidelines from POEA for Filipino OFW

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Who is a Worker-on-leave or Balik-Manggagawa? 
A worker-on-leave (WOL) or Balik-Manggagawa (BM) shall refer to an overseas Filipino Worker(OFW) who is on vacation or on leave and is returning to the same employer.
The following are also considered as WOL/BM : 
OFWs who will join / return to the same employer who has transferred to another jobsite;
OFWs who have partially served their present employer;
Undocumented OFWs (tourists, dependents, students, businessman) who becameOFWs and have partially served the same employer.
Who are not qualified to register as WOL/BM? 
The following persons are not qualified to register as WOL/BM:
Dependents of overseas workers
Filipinos who are permanent residents of a foreign country. (They can avail of theprivilege of travel tax exemption for balik-bayan by applying at the Philippine TourismAuthority)
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who changed jobsite and whose contracts have notyet been served.
What does a WOL/BM need to do before going back to the jobsite? 
A WOL/BM needs to register at POEA and secure a POEA travel exit clearance before leavingthe Philippines.
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 ifthey have a POEA travel exit clearance which comes in the following forms:a.
Overseas Employment Certificate(OEC
) – issued in the different POEAregional offices/regional extension units/satellite offices, POEA deputized OWWAOffices and Philippine Overseas Labor Offices. It is also issued during manualprocessing of BMs at the POEA Central Office.b.
– issued for computerized processing at the POEA Central Office andPOEA 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 aset of two or more clearances issued to a worker-on-leave/Balik manggagawa foruse 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 Philippinesmore than once in a period of twelve months to secure his exit clearance on aone-time basis.
All overseas Filipino workers leaving on employment visa / work or equivalent document(such as no objection certificate [NOC], employment pass, gainful occupation permit, confirmationof the right to labor activity, work visa guaranty) shall be required to secure an exit clearancefrom the POEA or its deputized offices.Filipino workers with overseas employment contracts but are issued visas other thanwork / employment (such as: business and visit visa) for the purpose of facilitating themobilization, shall likewise be required to secure exit clearances from POEA or its deputizedoffices (POEA Advisory No. 15, series of 2005).
5. 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 uponpresentation 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 act8042), OFWs shall be exempted from the payment of travel tax and airport terminal fee uponpresentation of the POEA exit clearance.
6. How can a WOL/BM avail of the travel tax exemption? A WOL/BM can avail of the travel tax exemption by presenting a copy of the POEA travel exit clearance to the airline company.
Where can a balik-mangagagawa secure a POEA travel exit clearance? 
A worker-on-leave/Balik Manggagawa may secure a POEA exit clearance at the followingoffices:a. Balik Manggagawa Processing Division (BMPD) Service Area, POEA, Blas F. Ople (BFO)Bldg.., Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City.b. POEA Regional Centers / Regional Extension Units (REUs) and Satellite Offices (pleaserefer to the list below)c. POEA-deputized OWWA Regional Offices and Units (please refer to list below)d. Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) in various Philippine Embassies and consulatesabroad (please refer to list below)e. One Way Delivery System (Dropbox) at the POEA Central Office Service Areaf. On-line two-way delivery application at website:www.oecdelivery.com.ph 
8. What is the on line (two-way ) application system for WOL/BM
The on line (two-way) application system is a convenient and time-saving manner for the issuanceof the POEA travel exit clearance. With the new on-line process, a balik manggagawa may visitthe website www.oecdelivery.com.ph, fill up and submit on-line the OFW information sheet and print said document. The printed information sheet has bar codes for easier uploading ofinformation to the POEA database. The WOL/BM need not go to POEA for application of travelexit clearance.
 9. How can I apply on line for my POEA travel exit clearance? 
The procedure for on-line application for POEA travel exit clearance is as follows:1. Log on to :www.oecdelivery.com.ph;2. Select the “Apply Now” button to accomplish the on line OFW information sheet;3. Select the “Submit” button and print the OFW information sheet on two sheets of long bondpaper;4. Prepare photocopies of supporting documents as listed in page 2 of printed OFW info sheet(such as passport and visa);5. Submit printed OFW info sheet, supporting documents and fees to any 2Go Branch/Aboitiz(nationwide);6. Travel exit clearance (OEC) to be delivered to OFW. No need to go to POEA.
10. What is the one way - service delivery system (dropbox) for WOL/BM? 
A BM walk-in applicant who do not want to go through the POEA queuing system may opt toavail of the one-way service delivery system. The BM submits the OFW Info sheet, photocopiesof BM’s passport, visa, etc and prescribed fees to the Balikmanggagawa OEC Delivery Boothlocated at the Balikmanggagawa Processing Division, POEA, Blas F. Ople Bldg., Ortigas Ave. corEDSA, City of Mandaluyong. The POEA travel exit clearance will be delivered to the BM/WOLright at their doorstep. 
What are the documents needed to get a POEA exit clearance (e-receipt/OEC/MTEC)? 
a. Valid passport;b. Valid re-entry visa, work permit or any equivalent document;c. Others:
 Any proof that OFW is returning to the same employer (such as :company ID, employment certificate, pay slip, etc). for WOL/BMs withnewly issued documents and visas or if OFW has no record on fileat POEA.
Copy of employment contract (for MTEC issuance)
What are the fees in securing the POEA travel exit clearance? 
The prescribed fees are:P 100.00 POEA Processing FeeP 900.00 Philhealth Premium (payment valid for one year)US$ 25.00 or its peso equivalent OWWA Membership Fee (payment valid per contractduration at a maximum of 2 years)A Worker-on-Leave with valid OWWA membership and Philhealth coverage shall only pay Php100.00 for issuance of travel exit clearance.Service fees for the one way delivery and two way delivery system is paid by the WOL/BM to theservice provider.
How long will it take a WOL/BM to secure the POEA travel exit clearance?
a. Processing at the POEA Central Office takes a maximum of 20 minutes from the timethe worker is called to present his documents to the POEA evaluator up to the timehe is referred to the assessor and cashier for payment of the travel exit clearance;WOL/BMs are, advised that there is a queuing system because of the volume of BMsapplying for the exit clearance at the POEA Central Office.

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