The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) recently said that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) with expired overseas employment certificates (OECs) can still leave the country for their employment abroad.
The said announcement was made as POEA extends the validity of OECs that already expired when the community quarantine was implemented in the country.
“Departing OFWs with expired OECs during the period of enhanced, modified and general community quarantine may proceed to the POEA issuing office, or at the Labor Assistance Center (LAC) in the international airport for evaluation, revalidation of stamping,” says the POEA.
An evaluation with the said documents will then follow and validation as per the employment documents of the worker will be approved by the POEA. Following the reevaluation, the OECs will be stamped by POEA as “cleared”.
Recently, a significant drop of deployment was recorded by POEA because of the pandemic. It is said that the deployment of OFWs went down to 47 percent which is 420,264 compared to the same period last year which is 870,015.
Even rehires were also affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as it drops 50 percent from the previous 618,710 last year.