Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)
The Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is a requirement under the rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to help ensure that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are properly documented and protected.
The OEC, sometimes also called the “exit pass,” is required to be presented to international ports of exit in the Philippines as proof that the holder is a bona fide OFW. It is thus necessary when a Household Service Worker (HSW), or any OFW, goes back to the Philippines for home leave, if he/she intends to return back to the country of employment.
OEC holders are exempted from paying the travel tax and the airport terminal fee.
Under the latest POEA Memo, effective 1st April 2015 OEC will be issued to vacationing workers separately from PHILHEALTH and PAG-IBIG payment collections. This means that the issuance of OEC is no longer tied up with the payment of fees for PHILHEALTH and PAG-IBIG. Read more >>> POEA MEMORANDUM - ISSUANCE OF OEC INDEPENDENTLY