Those Overseas Filipino Workers, returned and newly-hired, who has expired Overseas Employment Certificates (OEC) won’t have to worry because their certificates are already revalidated before they leave the country. This news was confirmed by the Philippine Employment Administration (POEA) on Saturday.
According to POEA chief Bernard Olalia, the Labor Assistance Center (LAC) situated at different international airports throughout the country will be assisting Overseas Filipino Workers in re-accrediting their OECs.
“All concerned parties particularly departing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are hereby informed that Overseas Employment Certificates (OECs) which expired during the period of community quarantines in the Philippines, lockdowns or travel restrictions in countries of destination and unforeseen flight cancellations due to force majeure shall be revalidated for deployment purposes,” says chief Olalia.
Those OFWs departing from the country with expired OECs will have to go to LAC so their certificates will get revalidated.
“Subject to relevant POEA issuances as well as existing government regulations being moment by local government units, national quarantine protocols, immigration formalities, travel restrictions imposed by the Philippine government or countries of destination, newly-hired and returning workers with expired OECs shall proceed to the Labor Assistance Center (LAC) in the Philippine International Airports on the day of their departure,” Olalia said.
The following requirements need to be secured;
Original copy of expired OEC
Copy of employment contract
Copy of valid work visa
“The LAC shall evaluate the documents and validate with the available records if the worker’s employment documents have been processed and approved by the POEA,” says Olalia. “Upon verification, the LAC shall stamp the expired OECs “Cleared” and shall be deemed revalidated.”