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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

OFW Guide: How To Get Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) Online

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) makes document processing easy by offering Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to secure their Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) online.

Here is the guide on how to get OEC via the Balik-Manggagawa website (

Get your Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) online.

  1. For new users you should have an EMAIL ADDRESS. Then register in this system as NEW USER and click the “Sign Me Up” button. Click the confirmation link sent to your registered email address.
  2. Log in as ALREADY REGISTERED user. Then, enter your last issued OEC number or Passport number. If no record is found, set an Online Appointment.
  3. If record is found, update your Personal Data, Contract Particulars and upload photo. Click “NEXT STEP” then ACQUIRE OEC.
  4. On the Assessment/Payment page, select your preferred PAYMENT OPTION (Banks Online, Banks over the Counter, Non Banks, G-cash and more) to get REFERENCE NUMBER and pay OEC to chosen payment channel.
  5. When payment is done, log in as ALREADY REGISTERED user using your registered email and password, then click “MY TRANSACTIONS” and print your OEC in 3 copies and bring to the airport for: a) Airline Company for Travel Tax Exemption, b) Airport Counter for Terminal Fee Exemption, and c) Bureau of Immigration Counter.
You can also watch the video for  your additional reference.

Visit   to secure your OEC.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Husband and Wife Nabbed For Illegal Recruitment

DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has directed the immediate prosecution of a couple caught in the act of illegal recruitment.

The CIDG Anti-Transnational Crime Unit, at the instance of the Anti-Illegal recruitment Operatives of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), arrested Stephanie M. Valdez and her spouse Jhoan "Khalil" Yuen, for recruiting overseas Filipino workers without the proper license from the POEA.

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac reported to DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III the arrest of Valdez and Yuen, which resulted from the complaint of an applicant who said she was promised a job as household service worker in Qatar and was charged a placement fee of Php 65,000.00.

In an entrapment operation inside a supermarket in Quezon City, the joint operatives recovered from the couple the marked money the applicant supposedly paid to the recruiters as additional placement fee.

The applicant said Valdez initially asked her to pay Php 20,000 for processing her papers but she was able to pay Php 14,000 only.

Valdez allegedly directed her to proceed to an agency to sign an employment contract and for stamping of visa, and was asked to pay Php 35,000 for placement fee to Valdez' husband Khaleel Yuen.

Cacdac said the applicant decided not to push through with her application, and sought counsel from the POEA Legal Assistance Division, where she was told that she must pay a total of Php 65,000 placement fee, an amount higher than the amount previously agreed upon.

Under POEA rules and regulations, domestic workers shall only be recruited by POEA-licensed recruitment agencies, which are prohibited to charge any placement fees from domestic worker recruits or applicants.

In the case of the household worker victim of Valdez and Yuen, she was also told to declare that she only paid an amount equivalent to one month's salary as placement fee. Note that payment by a household worker of one month's placement fee is still illegal under POEA rules and regulations.

Recovered from the recruiters were two pieces of Php 500 bills used in the entrapment operations.

The recruiters were brought for Inquest Proceedings before the Department of Justice, for Illegal Recruitment punishable under R.A. No. 8042, as amended, and Swindling under the Revised Penal Code.

Secretary Bello ordered Administrator Cacdac to closely monitor the DOJ proceedings and the eventual criminal case that will be filed before a Regional Trial Court.

The respondents waived their rights under Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code to avail of Preliminary Investigation, and are detained in a detention facility. 

Source:  POEA News

To avoid illegal recruitment read this article: Advisory On How To Prevent Illegal Rercruitment  

Friday, August 5, 2016

All You Need To Know About Illegal Recruitment

 What is illegal recruitment?  Here is a detailed definition on what is illegal recruitment according to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) website.

Any act of canvassing, enlisting, contracting, transporting, utilizing, hiring or procuring workers and includes referring, contract services, promising or advertising for employment abroad, whether for profit or not, when undertaken by a non-license or non-holder of authority contemplated under Art 13 (F) of Presidential Decree No. 442, as amended otherwise known as the Labor Code of the Philippines: Provided, That any such non-licensee or non-holder who, in any manner, offers or promises for a fee employment abroad to two or more persons shall be deemed so engaged. (sec. 6, RA 8042).

It shall likewise include the following acts, whether committed by any persons, whether a non-licensee, non-holder, licensee or holder of authority.

(a) To charge or accept directly or indirectly any amount greater than the specified in the schedule of allowable fees prescribed by the Secretary of Labor and Employment, or to make a worker pay any amount greater than that actually received by him as a loan or advance;

(b) To furnish or publish any false notice or information or document in relation to recruitment or employment;

(c) To give any false notice, testimony, information or document or commit any act of misrepresentation for the purpose of securing a license or authority under the Labor Code;

(d) To induce or attempt to induce a worker already employed to quit his employment in order to offer him another unless the transfer is designed to liberate a worker from oppressive terms and conditions of employment;

(e) To influence or attempt to influence any persons or entity not to employ any worker who has not applied for employment through his agency;

(f) To engage in the recruitment of placement of workers in jobs harmful to public health or morality or to dignity of the Republic of the Philippines;

(g) To obstruct or attempt to obstruct inspection by the Secretary of Labor and Employment or by his duly authorized representative;

(h) To fail to submit reports on the status of employment, placement vacancies, remittances of foreign exchange earnings, separations from jobs, departures and such other matters or information as may be required by the Secretary of Labor and Employment;

(i) To substitute or alter to the prejudice of the worker, employment contracts approved and verified by the Department of Labor and Employment from the time of actual signing thereof by the parties up to and including the period of the expiration of the same without the approval of the Department of Labor and Employment;

(j) For an officer or agent of a recruitment or placement agency to become an officer or member of the Board of any corporation engaged in travel agency or to be engaged directly on indirectly in the management of a travel agency;

(k) To withhold or deny travel documents from applicant workers before departure for monetary or financial considerations other than those authorized under the Labor Code and its implementing rules and regulations;

(l) Failure to actually deploy without valid reasons as determined by the Department of Labor and Employment; and

(m) Failure to reimburse expenses incurred by the workers in connection with his documentation and processing for purposes of deployment, in cases where the deployment does not actually take place without the worker's fault. Illegal recruitment when committed by a syndicate or in large scale shall be considered as offense involving economic sabotage.

Illegal recruitment is deemed committed by a syndicate carried out by a group of three (3) or more persons conspiring or confederating with one another. It is deemed committed in large scale if committed against three (3) or more persons individually or as a group.

The persons criminally liable for the above offenses are the principals, accomplices and accessories. In case of juridical persons, the officers having control, management or direction of their business shall be liable.

Source:  POEA 

Now you know what is illegal recruitment, click here on How To Avoid Illegal Recruitment In Working Abroad.

POEA administrator hails signing of executive order on FOI

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac yesterday said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) welcomes the signing of the Executive Order on freedom of expression by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on July 24.

Cacdac said the FOI executive order will boost public accessibility to information and accountability in government offices, which will further strengthen efforts to serve and protect OFWs and their families.

Cacdac said with its existing ISO-certified systems and processes, the POEA aims for continuous improvement of OFW service delivery with greater transparency and integrity, and sustains its compliance with the requirements of the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA).

Cacdac said he has asked the POEA’s internal ISO Committee to start preparing the People’s Freedom to Information Manual as required of government agencies by the Executive Order.

The executive order covers all agencies under the executive branch, including government-owned and controlled corporations and state universities and colleges.

Under Section 15 of the said order, any employee or public officer who will fail to comply with the provisions of the EO may face administrative and disciplinary sanctions.