Posted by: tigergrassroots | July 30, 2011

Returning OFWs from Brussles need OEC

BRUSSELS – Returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), especially those with 1-year working permits, are advised to have their employment contracts validated and authenticated by the Philippine Embassy.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) said the process is necessary in order to obtain an overseas employment certificate (OEC) from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
The POLO said it shall serve as travel exit clearance for all OFWs at the immigration counters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. With the OEC, Filipino migrant workers will also be exempted from paying travel tax and airport terminal fees.
“Sa ngayon ho, ang malinaw na presentasyon natin sa Pilipinas, kung meron tayong long term stay visa here or resident permit, supposed to be hindi na po natin kailangan ang overseas employment certificate,” said Labor Attache Rustico dela Fuente.
Dela Fuente added, “But since wala pa pong masyadong malinaw na sinasabi silang categorical answer na hindi na po kailangan yan, nagsisiguro po ang ating mga kababayan. At tinutulungan naman po natin sila, vini-verify ang kanilang contract at pini-present sa POEA at ng sila’y makakuha ng overseas employment certificate”.
Under the new POEA regulations, the OEC is a requirement to help ensure that OFWs are properly documented and protected.
On the other hand, dela Fuente made it clear that OFWs who possess a long term working permit or have resident status should instead get a tax exemption certificate from the Philippine Embassy, which they will present to the office of the Department of Tourism in Manila.
The Philippine Embassy and POLO also encouraged OFWs to inform them should they encounter problems with immigration officials at NAIA so they could properly document and notify the POEA.



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