POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, in a statement, said the online appointment system is an option for vacationing OFWs to set an appointment with POEA for the processing of their exit clearance or overseas employment certificate (OEC). The system, according to Cacdac, was developed for the convenience of returning workers who have limited time to spend with their families during their stay in the country specially this coming holiday season. Cacdac advised OFWs to use the appointment system which is free and available by logging on at bmappointment.poea.gov.ph particularly during the peak months of March, April, May, November, December, and January when the bulk of OFWs return home for vacation. While encouraging the use of the system, Cacdac explained that the POEA has not totally scrapped its facility for walk-in clients. ?We are just starting out with the system and we believe that OFWs without access to internet would still prefer getting their OEC the usual way without setting an appointment with us,? Cacdac said. The POEA has put up counters at its main office in Mandaluyong City, Duty Free Philippines in Para?aque City and SM Manila to accommodate those who choose to get their exit clearance at a specific date and time.
Cacdac emphasized that the documentary requirements for those using the appointment system and walk-in processing are the same: 1) passport valid for six months from time of departure; 2) valid working visa/work permit; 3) proof of employment such as certificate of employment, company ID, pay slip, and other equivalent document.Returning workers have to pay P100 for POEA processing fee; $25 or its peso equivalent for OWWA contribution on a per contract coverage; P1,200 for one year PhilHealth coverage; and a minimum of P100 contribution to Pag-ibig Fund, Cacdac added. Cacdac said OFWs may also get their exit clearance or OEC at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) nearest their jobsite before their departure to the Philippines, or at the POEA regional offices while they are in their respective provinces. — PIA]]>