What is an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)?

Under the rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), all Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are required to have an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) when departing for or returning to their work overseas.

The OEC, also known as exit clearance/pass, is a document certifying the regularity of recruitment and documentation of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and a proof of his/her registration with the POEA.

The OEC is presented to the immigration officer at the airport of exit in the Philippines. A worker exiting from the Philippines without OEC may be prevented by the immigration officer from leaving the country.

An OFW who holds an OEC enjoys the following privileges: (a) travel tax exemption; (b) airport terminal fee exemption; and (c) reduced travel tax for spouse or dependents.


POEA Memorandum Circular No. 2, Series of 2019 provides the guidelines on the registration of, and issuance of OEC to returning workers. Please click here for a copy of the Circular.

The guidelines covers the following

  1. Returning documented overseas Filipino Workers- workers with existing record with POEA who are vacationing for the first time in the Philippines and returning to the same employer in Canada; (source:POEA MC 2, S.2019)
  2. Workers not previously registered with POEA- workers with no record of deployment with the POEA or the POLO (source: POEA MC 2, s. 2019)
  3. Workers who changed employment on site- workers with existing record with POEA who transferred or entered into a new employment contract from one employer to another

(source: POEA MC 2, s. 2019)

Filipino workers who hold a Work Permit in Canada and taking a home leave in the Philippines are covered by the guidelines.

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