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04/01/2013: POEA URGES RETURNING WORKERS TO USE APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

News Advisory
3 January 2013

POEA urges returning workers to use appointment system

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac yesterday advised balik-manggagawa or OFWs
returning to their overseas jobs to avail of the POEA’s online appointment system for
the processing of their exit clearance or overseas employment certificate.

Cacdac said OFWs using the appointment system can have their OECs processed in
their own schedule and would be spared of the expected long lines of workers at the
POEA offices who want to go back to their job sites after spending the holiday season
in the country.

The POEA has counters at its main office in Mandaluyong City, Duty Free Philippines
in Parañaque City, SM Manila and Trinoma in Quezon City, to accommodate those
who choose to get their exit clearance at a specific date and time.

Regular processing of OECs at the main office starts at 7 o'clock in the morning until 5
in the afternoon. The processing time at the other sites are as follows: Duty Free
9am to 5 pm, Trinoma 9am to 6pm, and SM Manila 10am to 6pm.

On the other hand, workers without appointments who arrive at the POEA towards
noon are likely to experience longer waiting time as they will be considered for the
second batch to be processed in the afternoon. Thus, Cacdac encourages OFWs to
come early for their convenience.

The documentary requirements for returning workers are the following: 1) Passport
valid for 6 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.

The appointment service is free and is available at bmappointment.poea.gov.ph.
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