POEA launched OEC Online Appointment System for Returning OFW

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One of the most important documents a legal OFW must have before leaving the Philippines after vacation is his or her Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) which can be applied in any POEA offices and satellite centers nationwide. This new appointment system program of POEA is a good and convenient way of applying OEC for all returning OFW for the coming Christmas season.

Many OFW spend their Christmas and New Year holidays with their loved ones in the Philippines. Thus, many will need to apply for their OEC. Every time an OFW return home, he or she must always apply for an OEC. Without this document, you will not be allowed to leave the Philippines.

If you want to set up an appointment to apply for an OEC, you can visit directly the website of POEA dedicated for this system at www.bmappointment.poea.gov.ph. The regular requirements for OEC application are the following:

  1. Valid Passport – must be at least 6 months from the date of departure
  2. Proof of Employment returning to same employer (e.g., Employment Contract, Certificate of Employment/Company ID/Pay slip)

Fees for OEC Application

The following fees should be paid by returning OFW when applying for an OEC.

  1. POEA Processing Fee – P 100 per e-Receipt or OEC
  2. OWWA Membership Contribution – $ 25 USD (in peso equivalent) per contract coverage
  3. Philhealth Contribution – P 1,200 one year coverage
  4. PAG-IBIG Contribution – P 100 minimum amount per month

Procedures for Application

Here’s the procedure when applying for an OEC. Please remember all of the fees you need to pay before going to POEA so that you have the enough money.

1. Set up an appointment at bmappointment.poea.gov.ph. You need to fill out some details and be sure to put correct and true details about you and your employment. Print the filled out form and bring it when you go to POEA office.

2. Go to the POEA office where you set up an appointment and follow the procedures. Go directly to the designated Balik Manggagawa OEC Appointment Center. You should bring all the requirements mentioned above and the fees you need to pay. Bring also 2 printed copies of the appointment form.

3. After the application is complete, you can get your OEC after the payment. A sample OEC can be seen below.

Sample OEC

Final Words

As an OFW, you should never forget to apply for an OEC when you return to the Philippines for vacation. It is always a must. The POEA appointment system for OEC application is a very good and convenient system because you don’t need to line up for a long time in POEA office especially when you go to Ortigas office.

I hope many programs like this will be created in the future. It would be a lot better if POEA can make a system which you can apply an OEC online so that wherever you are, you can apply for an OEC. Though, this can be hard but I think doable with the new technology we have these days.


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jhude February 19, 2015 at 04:29

i cannot open the link..its says thier not available plssssssssssss i tried many times..


dennismagno August 29, 2013 at 07:01

OFW OEC Online Form http://ofwteki.p.ht
just want to share para di na tayo mahirapan magfill up ng mga forms


Richard April 20, 2013 at 02:32

Sir metro Manila Lang po ba? I try to
set appointment but wala ang mga
Ibang office.


Gily Tenorio April 23, 2013 at 10:08


Yes this only in Metro Manila. Maybe in the future POEA will expand it in other places in the Philippines.


Boris April 14, 2013 at 09:28

Sir tama ba yung link? nandito ako sa china ngayon at uuwi ako sa pinas this week. gusto ko sana mag pa appoint online kaso unavailable yung link.

“Unable to load the web page because the server sent no data.”


Gily Tenorio April 17, 2013 at 12:26


The link is correct. You can check it again.


aris March 31, 2013 at 07:02

boss tanong lang po..so to be sure, eh magdala ako ng photocopy ng photocopy ng ID ko aside from dun sa Certificate of Employment?


Gily Tenorio April 2, 2013 at 12:07

Hi Aris,

Yes you need to bring photocopy of your passport and employment certificate to be sure.


lex March 22, 2013 at 11:50

Do I still need to get an OEC even if my contract is finish already?


Gil March 24, 2013 at 10:14

Hi Lex,

If you will not come back to your work again, you don’t need to get OEC.


Nesta January 11, 2013 at 06:34

OEC apppointment no good. Apply appointment oredi still need to que for over an hour. Only 1 officer at the POEA balik manggagawa center in Trinoma mall, very very slow. Then upon reaching the officer after long hours of que, suddenly will ask for a photocopy of your company ID or contract. No notice, no announcement. Siguro kse umpisa pa lng kaya magulo pa, pero sana maayos agad. One thing na mabilis ay sa bayaran, saludo ako sayo kabayan!


Gil January 11, 2013 at 23:07

Hi Nesta,

In my case when I applied OEC using appointment system at POEA Ortigas last Dec. 27, 2012, it took less than 30 minutes to be completed. There are only few people knows that system and maybe it will increase in the succeeding months. This is a good system provided it will be implemented better in the future. Paunti-unting improvement lang.


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