image In order to provide convenience to returning workers during the holiday period, the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA) launched the balik-manggagawa online appointment system.

The POEA is encouraging returning workers to use this facility especially during peak months of March to May and November to January.  The returning workers can pick the location, date and time when they would like to have their OECs processed.  The counter locations are located at the main office in Ortigas, Duty Free in Paranaque, SM Manila and Trinoma Mall.  You can book your appointments up to one month in advance and only from 10am to 5pm.  

Requirements for processing remains the same and must be in original form.  They are as follows:

  • Passport – valid at least 6 months from the date of departure
  • Valid work visa / work permit or equivalent document
  • Proof of employment that you are returning to the same employer (i.e. Employment Contract, Certificate of Employment, Company ID, pay slips)
  • Two (2) copies of the BM information sheet which you’ve filled in online.

Fees involved when processing the OEC as of today (Nov 5, 2012):

  1. POEA Processing Fee – Php 100 for each OEC
  2. OWWA Membership Contribution – USD 25 (in peso equivalent) per contract coverage (I am unsure of this information as last time I checked it was renewable every two years.) 
  3. Philhealth Contribution – Php 1,200 for one year coverage
  4. Pag-ibig Contribution – Php 100 minimum amount per month

For items two to four, if you’ve already paid those fees and the coverage are still valid, bring the original receipts as proof of payment.

To book an appointment online, please proceed to  If you’re uncomfortable booking an appointment online, you may still have your OEC processed at the following processing sites:

  • Duty Free Philippines, Paranaque
  • SM Manila, Global Pinoy Center (5/F) – on pilot run
  • POEA regional centers and extension units
  • Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs)

Since this is a new system, I cannot share with you yet my experience in getting an OEC with an online appointment.  The circular didn’t say what will happen if you miss or was late for your appointment.  If you happen to use this system, do share your experience with us on the comments below.


  1. Creswen C. Montilla

    payment oec


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  3. michelle g. dela cruz

    i want to take oec on april 8,2015.


  4. How to get appointments


  5. Larry B. Dologuin

    pls. give me a schedule of getting my BM OEC on June 9,2015 at Duty free Parañaque about 10 AM. thank you


  6. What is the office hours of POEA in Calamba? are they opened on Saturday also?

    Please advise.

    Thank you.


  7. Rolando Bacunas

    application for oec


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