GUIDELINES ON THE REGISTRATION OFWORKER-ON-LEAVE / BALIK MANGGAGAWA
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.