i'm sharing this so those coming back from a vacation in the pearl of the orient seas won't get a rude shock.
click on the link to go to the webpage on where you can get this "proof that the worker had undergone the legal
procedure of overseas employment."
as usual, people are left wondering what the "full protection and benefits from government institutions" are available to the ofws.
finally, a warning:
guidelines on the processing of exit clearance of vacationing workers
note: starting march 24, 2008, departing ofws shall present the exit clearance or overseas employment certificate issued by the poea directly to the airline counters, terminal fee counters, and the bureau of immigration counters.
who are considered balik-manggagawa?
a balik-manggagawa or a worker-on leave refers to an overseas filipino worker (ofw) who is on vacation or on leave and is returning to the same employer.
> valid passport
> re-entry visa, work permit, or any equivalent document
> proof that worker is returning to the same employer (company id, employment certificate, pay slip, etc.)
· p 100.00 - poea processing fee
· p 900.00 - philhealth coverage premium
· us$ 25.00 or peso equivalent - owwa membership fee
a worker-on-leave with valid owwa membership and philhealth coverage shall only pay php 100.00 for poea processing fee
forms of exit clearance
> overseas employment certificate (oec) – issued by the polos and other regional offices.
> e-receipt – integrated receipt for payments of poea, owwa, and philhealth fees that also serves as the exit clearance at the airports. e-receipts are issued by the poea central office, poea cebu, and poea la union.
the e-receipt and oec are issued in 5 copies, a copy each for the poea, the ofw, lac, airline, and airport authority and are valid for 60 days from the date of issuance.
> multiple travel exit clearance (mtec)
the multiple travel exit clearance is a set of two or more clearances issued to airline cabin crew, flight attendants, off-shore workers, and other workers for use as an exit document that is valid for twelve months from date of issue.
persons not qualified as balik-manggagawa
> dependents of overseas filipino workers
> persons who are traveling on student visa.
> persons who are traveling on business visa
> permanent residents of foreign countries
> ofws who have changed employers but have not reported for work prior to travel to the philippines
safest bet would be not to set foot on philippine soil until after you get your green card.