Monday, December 24, 2012

Vacationing OFWs: POEA Processing for Return to Job Site

It's Christmas season, and lots of OFWs come home to the Philippines for a well-deserved vacation. However, we must not forget that after the vacation, we still have to go back to our job site (country of destination) to continue working and earn back what we've spent during Christmas and New Year. In order to be able to go back to your job site, you need to undergo the same process we went through during your first time applying as an OFW - that is, to go to POEA.

The requirements for processing are the following:
  1. Valid passport
  2. Valid visa
  3. Around 3,000Php for the fees 
Here are the steps for processing (name-hire/direct-hire only):
  1. When you arrive at POEA, ask the guard for your number and the Member Information Form and Pag-ibig Form. Fill up these two forms.
  2. Submit the properly filled up forms and wait for your number to be called at Table 2. When you are called, submit the forms and your passport to Table 2. Wait for your name to be called at the table beside Table 2.
  3. If there are no problems with your documents, you will be then be directed to Table 7 for the OWWA membership renewal. For my case, I paid Php1,200.
  4. Next you will pay PhilHealth at Table 6. I think I paid Php1,030 for this.
  5. Then you will have to pay for Pag-ibig membership. They only require you to pay for a month's contribution, so you will only have to pay Php200.
  6. After that is the POEA processing fee at Table 5. The processing fee is Php100 for vacationing OFWs, while it is Php4000~ for first-time applicants.
  7. After you have paid all the fees, you will be called again to the table beside Table 2 where you will receive your passport, receipts, and 4 copies of your OEC. The OEC is what you will present at the airport so that you won't have to pay terminal fees.
The process is really simple because when you finish at a table, you will be properly directed to the next table for processing. The whole process takes around 1-2 hours. It's best to go there early so that there are still a few people.

Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (Davao Branch)
2nd Floor, AMYA II Bldg.
Quimpo Blvd. cor. Tulip Drive
Ecoland, Davao City
(Near SM City Davao)

1 comment:

  1. You could also just go to the Philippine embassy prior to leaving Japan to get the necessary clearances. Saves a lot of hassle dealing with the usual bureaucracy in the Philippines. :)