Obtaining an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) can be frustrating for many overseas workers.
They have to get their OEC instead of spending time with their families.
But they have no choice…
OEC is an exit clearance here in the Philippines.
The process of securing an OEC can take a whole day due to the long lines.
If you are an OFW, you would love spending your vacation on a beach, a staycation or on the road with your loved ones. You rarely go home. So, you deserve to enjoy every moment.
Unfortunately, your time as an OFW is too limited. OFWs who look forward to spending time with loved ones end up wasting a day to get an OEC.
Many OFWs apply for a Balik Manggagawa OEC during holiday seasons. This gets worse during peak seasons like December holidays and school graduations.
Save time and avoid long queues.
You can get your OEC by using the Balik Manggagawa Processing System or BM Online.
What Is POEA Balik Manggagawa Online Appointment?
BM online is an online system developed by the POEA. OFWs can use BM Online anytime and anywhere.
Balik Manggagawa is a necessity for OFWs ON LEAVE, and RE-HIRES.
OFWs ON LEAVE are those on vacation with an existing contract and need to return to their employer.
RE-HIRES are those that have finished their contract. But they can go back to their employer with renewed contracts.
How Can Sign Up For OEC Online
Follow these steps if this is your first time to get an OEC Online.
Step 1: For first-time users of the system, you must register using a valid email address.
Step 2: After registering, fill up any necessary details on the NEW USER.
Step 3: Click the SIGN ME UP button on the website.
Step 4: Open your email account because the BM Online website sent a verification link. You must click on the link to verify your account.
For recurring users, you need to sign up on the ALREADY REGISTERED part of the website.
You must enter your email address and password, and then click LOG IN.
Securing a Balik Manggagawa Online Appointment
An OEC Number Verification pop-up will appear after you log into the system.
You must provide your last OEC number.
If you cannot provide the last issued OEC number or have a record in the system, you must get an appointment.
The BM Online website will direct you to the Appointment Page.
On this page, you can pick the preferred schedule and POEA office.
If you already have a record and will be returning to the same employer and job site, click on the YES button.
But if you have changed employers or job sites, click the NO button to set an appointment.
How to Update Your BM Online Profile Page
After verifying if you have a record or not, you must make sure that your profile is up to date.
Update your profile photo, Personal Data, Contract Details, and Beneficiaries.
You must put in your flight details which must be within the 60-day OEC validity period. Click on Acquire OEC or Exemption button. The system will assess whether you are eligible for the exemption or not.
Balik Manggagawa Online Exemption
Is the OEC free?
Some can get it for free.
To get an exemption, you need to have three things.
First, you need to have a valid visa or work permit.
Second, you must be returning to the same employer and job site.
Lastly, one must also have a record on the POEA website, which means that you already have an old OEC.
Balik Manggagawa Payment
If you are not exempted from the fee, you need to pay PHP 119.50.
This includes a processing fee of PHP 100 plus e-payment service fee of PHP 19.50. You can pay using 4 methods:
- Over-the-Counter bank payments
- Over-the-Counter non-bank such as Bayad Center, or 7-Eleven
- Online Banking like BDO or BPI bank transfers, China Bank Online or Metrobank Direct
- Mobile Payments via Gcash
How to Print Your OEC
If you are exempted, an OEC exemption confirmation pop-up will appear.
This comes after clicking ACQUIRE OEC OR EXEMPTION. It provides the BM Exemption number and instructions on pre-departure at the airport.
This will be printed and shown at the immigration before leaving the country.
If you are not eligible for the exemption, just click PRINT INFO SHEET. This is done after getting an appointment and paying for the OEC fee.
This will print your Balik Manggagawa Information Sheet. You will need to bring this to the airport on your departure.
The BM Online System is a convenient tool to save time and maximize the moments spent with your family. If there are any questions or concerns, you can contact the POEA through email. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. You can also call them via 721-0785, 721-9496, and 727-777
Cash Loan For OFW Families
Just got back to work from your vacation?
What if your family suddenly had financial emergencies?
Your family can apply for an allottee loan. This type of personal loan is created especially for the families of OFWs. They will simply need the OFW’s proof of remittance, copy of existing work contract and valid passport.