The  Labor Office of the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai reminds Overseas  Filipinos Workers (OFWs), who are vacationing in the Philippines and returning  to the same employer in the 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 UAE  experienced problems at the Philippine Airport during the exit procedures, with  some being offloaded when they failed to present their employment contract  verified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.
Philippine  Labor Attaché Amilbahar B. Amilasan reiterates that the POEA travel exit  clearance or 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 2002 POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers. 
Aside  from the OEC, departing OFWs must also present valid original passport and  valid residence 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 be required 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 Department attesting to the employment of the OFW. The demand for other supporting documents is warranted by Republic Act 8042 (The Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995), as amended by Republic Act 10022 which requires OFWs to be documented.  It should also be appreciated in line with the efforts of the Philippine government to curb trafficking in persons pursuant to RA 9208 Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003
The OEC, which 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 Labor Offices in various Philippines Embassies and  Consulates.  POEA has already opened its One-Way Delivery System (Dropbox) at the Balik-Manggagawa Processing  Division in POEA, and On-Line Application (www.oecdelivery.com.ph) as convenient and time-saving ways for OEC issuance.

OFWs in Dubai and the Northern Emirates who prefer to get the OEC from POLO-OWWA in  Al Wuheida, Deira must meet the following requirements:
1. Personal appearance of OFW-applicant;
2. Original passport and stamped visa;
3. Accomplished information sheet (available in POLO-OWWA and
    from the website:  www.polo-owwadubai.net);
4. PAG-IBIG Membership for a minimum  of AED10.00 (mandatory
    coverage per RA 9679 or the Home Development Mutual Fund Law  
    which took effect on 27 August 2009);
5. OWWA Membership for AED92.00  (payment valid per contract
    duration at a maximum of 2 years);
6. OEC Processing fee of AED10.00;
7. For Household Service Workers, in addition to the above:
-   Immigration Contract stating a monthly salary of at least US$400
    (the Philippine minimum requirement) or its equivalent of AED 1,500,
    to be verified by POLO for AED40.00.  This will also be presented at
    the Philippine Airport  Immigration
-   Undertaking and Information Sheet signed by the Sponsor (available
    from the website)
 -  Copy of the sponsor’s  passport and residence visa

Labor  Attaché Amilasan also informs OFWs that the POEA has restored the validation of  the exit clearance at the Labor Assistance Counter (LAC) in Ninoy Aquino  International Airport (NAIA) terminals starting March 1, 2011.
The  OEC serves as exit pass, as an exemption certificate from payment of travel tax  and airport terminal fee, and as a worker’s guarantee that he is covered by government protection and benefits.

This article was originally published by polo-owwadubai.net

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