Basically, POEA, or Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, supervises the overseas employment process for Filipinos who want to work abroad. More info about POEA on their site.
For this post, I am going to describe the POEA processing for Direct/Name Hires, or those who were directly employed by a foreign employer without the help of a recruitment agency.
What to bring:
- Original and 2 copies of employment contract
- Original passport and 2 copies of the picture page last page (the one with the emergency info)
- Original and 2 copies of VISA
- Php6,000-7,000 for the processing fees
Where is POEA Region XI:
- POEA in Davao is located at the 2nd floor of AMYA building, Tulip Drive, Ecoland, Davao City. It's a few steps across SM City Davao.
What to do:
1. Bring all the requirements and the copies. Sign your name in the logbook at the guard's table at the entrance to the POEA office and get a priority number.
2. Wait for your number to be called at table 2. When called, present your passport, preferably with the contract and VISA attached. You will be directed to table 3 for the evaluation of documents.
3. Wait for your name to be called at table 3. Be ready with all the originals and photocopies to avoid hassle. The lady there will ask some questions about your employment and such. You will also be told to get 4 forms from the photocopy center on the first floor. The lady will give you a small piece of paper with the names of the forms that you have to get. You will have to fill up these forms in order to continue with the evaluation process.
4. Head to the photocopy center on the first floor (you can't miss it because it's rｉｇｈｔ beside the stairs that lead to the second floor). Just show them the piece of paper given to you and they will know what to do. Be aware, however, that these forms are not for free. Each page costs Php 2.00 so be ready with around Php 20.00 because there are quite a lot.
5. Also, before heading back, drop by the guard'ｓ table at the office entrance to get the OFW Information Sheet. You also have to fill this up and this one's given for free.
6. Fill up everything. After that, head back to table 3 and give the lady all of the forms. There's one form that you need to have notarized at the Public Attorney's Office, located inside Hall of Justice. NOTE: The Hall of Justice is in front of Ecoland Terminal. From POEA, you can ride Bangkal, Puan, Bago Aplaya, and Ecoland routes as these will stop right in front of HOJ.
7. VERY IMPORTANT! A very important step in the POEA process is attending the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar or PDOS. I am not sure if I should place it in this step, but in any case, the lady at table 3 will ask you if you have already attended. If you haven't yet, she will give you a slot for the next seminar. YOU HAVE TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR or you won't ever be able to proceed with your processing.
8. You also have to undergo a medical examination in one of the four accredited clinics of POEA. You need the medical certificate and a copy of it to proceed. You can find the list of clinics at the guard table. (See my post about: Medical Examination Process for OFWs)
9. After complying with the PDOS and medical examination, go back to POEA and to table 3. The same lady will continue your evaluation. If everything is okay, you will be told to pay the OWWA, PhilHealth, and POEA processing fees. These agencies have their representatives inside the POEA office so you don't have to go anywhere else to pay. It's also best to carry some loose change with you when you pay because the amounts are not exact, except for PhilHealth, which is constant at Php900.00.
10. After paying everything, go back to table 3 to finish your processing. You should get several copies of your Permit to Exit, which the lady at the table will explain to you. There should also be a copy of your PDOS certificate attached to your passport. Also, before you go, you will be asked to submit 1 copy each of all your receipts.
CONGRATULATIONS! You are now ready to work abroad!