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POLO to close at 8pm on Sundays for OEC exemption issuance

28 November 2016

The OEC exemption slip which thousands
of  OFWs are now lining up for
From this Sunday, Dec 4, the Philippine Overseas Labor OFWs Office will extend its office hours to 8 pm at both its 11th and 16th floor offices for the issuance of the overseas employment certificate (OEC) exemption. The extended opening hours will apply for all Sundays of December and January 2017.
This is according to Labor Attache Jalilo de la Torre, who said his office noticed the start of the usual Christmas crush of OFWs applying for exemption yesterday.
“While many already applied online, a lot more wanted the small piece of paper, the temporary OEC exemption, for one reason or another,” he said in his FB post announcing POLO’s extended service.
The temporary OEX exemption slip is what a vacationing OFW needs to get past immigration at Philippine airports and return to his or her employer. However, those who are flying out through Clark international airport are being asked to register online, anyway, because the slip is not being honored there for some reason.
The slip must be kept by the OFWs on their return to Hong Kong as it comes with a reference number which serves as their one-time pass in creating an account with Balik Manggagawa Online (BMO) system. Once they manage to create their BMO account, they will be able to print their own exemption slip each time they need to go back to the Philippines, for as long as they return to the same employer, and work site.

Those who change employers, whether they finished or broke their contracts, are not entitled to the OEC exemption. They will have to secure an appointment with POLO or any POEA branch in Manila so they could be helped in either creating a new BMO account, or change the existing data in their account. - DCLM


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