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NEWS RELEASEMay 07, 2011
Philippine Consulate GeneralPhilippine Overseas Labor OfficeOverseas Workers Welfare AdministrationDubai & Northern Emirates,United Arab Emirates
 
OEC REQUIREMENT FOR VACATIONING OFWs
The Labor Office of the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai reminds Overseas FilipinosWorkers (OFWs), who are vacationing in the Philippines and returning to the same employer inthe UAE, to secure a POEA travel exit clearance in order to be allowed to leave the Philippines.This advisory is issued amidst reports that a number of OFWs going back to the UAEexperienced problems at the Philippine Airport during the exit procedures, with some beingoffloaded when they failed to present their employment contract verified by the PhilippineOverseas Labor Office.Philippine Labor Attaché Amilbahar B. Amilasan reiterates that the POEA travel exit clearanceor Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), is part of the registration of workers-on-leave
(i.e.entering in the official records of POEA)
prescribed by Section 5, Rule III, Part III of the 2002POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-basedOverseas Workers.Aside from the OEC, departing OFWs must also present valid original passport and validresidence visa or work permit at the Philippine Airport Immigration.Those vacationing OFWs who initially left the Philippines with visit visa, therefore
“undocumented”
(i.e. no record in POEA), and later gained employment in the UAE may berequired to present other documents to the Philippine Airport Immigration, such as POLO-verified employment contract, labor card, company license and a letter from the HR Departmentattesting to the employment of the OFW. The demand for other supporting documents iswarranted by Republic Act 8042 (The Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995), asamended by Republic Act 10022 which requires OFWs to be documented. It should also beappreciated in line with the efforts of the Philippine government to curb trafficking in personspursuant to RA 9208 Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003The OEC, whi
ch has a validity of 60 days, can be obtained from POEA’s Head Office, regional
centers, satellite units, and deputized OWWA offices, as well as Philippine Overseas LaborOffices in various Philippines Embassies and Consulates. POEA has already opened its One-Way Delivery System (Dropbox) at the Balik-Manggagawa Processing Division in POEA, andOn-Line Application(www.oecdelivery.com.ph
 
)as convenient and time-saving ways for OECissuance.

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