All about Philhealth and OEC


To: Fellow OFWs

Please be advised that Hospitalization done abroad is covered by PHILHEALTH. All you have to do is submit the following documents for your claim: 

1. Properly accomplished Claim Form 1 (available at Philhealth Office Manila) 

2. Original Official Receipts 

3. Medical Report 

4. Operative Record/Technique if with Operation 

5. Anesthesia Record 

6. Copy of Member’s Date Record (Philhealth) 

7. Copy of Marriage Certificate (if wife/husband is claiming on behalf of OFW) 

8. Statement of Account with Breakdown of Charges 


Notes: All documents in foreign language must be translated in English. Filing period is 180 days from the date of discharge from the hospital.  

For further information you may visit Philhealth website at or call

Philhealth hot line telephone numbers 6373754 or 6379999 local 1122 or 1124. or Cell No. 09189635396

 Contact Person: Ms. Elizabeth S. Fernandez, MD

Manager, Overseas Workers Program and  Email:


PhilHealth’s OFW members will exclusively remit their memberships dues to the Philippines through DBP-Enjaz in Saudi Arabia.

Premium payment amounting to SR81 per year. Note that OFW members are paying less compared to what other members in the other paying categories.

For information about Philhealth members (OFW) benefits, please click this link to read more>>>>>>> 


POEA travel exit clearance

What is a POEA travel exit clearance?

It is a clearance issued by POEA to OFWs who exit from the Philippines for employment purpose.

OFWs with working visas/employment contracts will be allowed to leave the Philippines only if they have a POEA travel exit clearance which comes in the following forms:

a. Overseas Employment Certificate(OEC) – issued in the different POEA regional offices/ regional extension units/satellite offices, POEA deputized OWWA Offices and Philippine Overseas Labor Offices. It is also issued during manual processing of BMs at the POEA Central Office.

b. E-receipt – issued for computerized processing at the POEA Central Office and POEA Regional Offices. It is an integrated receipt for payments of POEA, OWWA, and Philhealth fees.

c. Multiple Travel Exit Clearance(MTEC) The multiple travel exit clearance is a set of two or more clearances issued to a worker-on-leave/Balik manggagawa for use as an exit document within a period of twelve months from date of issuance. It allows the worker-on-leave/balik manggagawa who exits from the Philippines more than once in a period of twelve months to secure his exit clearance on a one-time basis.

The following offices are issuing multiple travel exit clearance:

POEA Main Office, Ortigas

Balik-Manggagawa Processing Civision (BMPD) Service Area
Blas F. Ople Building, Ortigas Ave. corner EDSA
Mandaluyong City
Tel. No. (02) 7210785, Fax No. (02) 7296342

2nd Floor, LZK-Zamboanga Bldg., Quezon Avenue
City of San Fernando, La Union
Telefax No. (072) 242-5608 / 700-4236

DOLE Compound, Trece Martirez, Tacloban City
Telefax No. (053) 321-7134

Ground Floor, Trinidad Bldg., Corrales Avenue
Cagayan de Oro City
Telefax No. (08822) 724-824

2nd Floor, AMYA II Bldg., Quimpo Blvd cor. Tulip O Drive
Ecoland, Davao City
Telefax No (082) 297-7429 / 297-7650

All overseas Filipino workers leaving on employment visa / work or equivalent document (such as no objection certificate [NOC], employment pass, gainful occupation permit, confirmation of the right to labor activity, work visa guaranty) shall be required to secure an exit clearance from the POEA or its deputized offices.

Filipino workers with overseas employment contracts but are issued visas other than work / employment (such as: business and visit visa) for the purpose of facilitating the mobilization, shall likewise be required to secure exit clearances from POEA or its deputized offices (POEA Advisory No. 15, series of 2005).

What are the uses of a POEA travel exit clearance?

a. It serves as travel exit pass for OFWs at the airports.

b. It serves as an exemption certificate from payment of Travel Tax and airport terminal fee upon presentation to the airline counter and airport terminal fee counter.

c. It serves as a worker’s guarantee that he is covered by government protection and benefits; Pursuant to Section 35, Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act 1995 (Republic Act 8042), OFWs shall be exempted from the payment of travel tax and airport terminal fee upon presentation of the POEA exit clearance. 

The POEA Balik-Manggagawa Overseas Exit Clearance (OEC) delivery service enables every vacationing OFW to enjoy on-the-phone processing of their OEC enabling them to enjoy more of their vacation time with the family. No need to go all the way to the POEA. POEA Balik-Manggagawa OEC delivery is open from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm. The door-to-door delivery service has nationwide coverage.

For those OFW who find themselves in the POEA, they can still avail of Balik-Manggagawa Express delivery services. Simply process your passport in the POEA Balik-Manggagawa booth located inside the POEA and expect your OEC to be delivered to you. 

Online OEC Application (Click it!)

You may also contact them at or at

POEA Balik-Manggagawa OEC Delivery (02) 737-7777 

Yes it’s a new service and most of us might be uncomfortable to try something new because we are used to the old ways but I am telling you availing of POEA’s online services will save you a lot of time and spare you unnecessary effort. You might think you are saving money if you do it the traditional way but money is something you can always earn back but time spent is something you can NEVER gain again. So spend your time wisely, spend it with family.

You can also avail instant online application  NSO Certificates such as: Birth, Death, Marriage and CENOMAR Certificates or browse NSO Citizens Services Website

Thank you.

by: OFWEmpowement

336 thoughts on “All about Philhealth and OEC

  1. Dear Sir:
    I’m an OFW here in Thailand. Dito po ako nag ayos ng Visa and Work Permit ko.
    Third time ko pong kukuha ng OEC..(uuwi po ako ng April 29 )Yung last two ko po n kuha, work permit and re-entry lang tiningnan nila.
    Now, may nakapagsabi po sken na tinitingnan/hinahanap n din nila ang Employment contract and Medical certificate at meron p pong dalawang papers n hindi ko n matandaan.
    Ok lang po kaya n dalhin ko employment contract ko in Thai language?
    Salamat po and God Bless..^^

    • Yumi,

      May mga additional requirements na kailangan po nating ipakita, ito po ay para na rin sa ating kapakanan. Wala naman po sigurong mawawala kung dalhin mo ang iyong kontrata kung ito ay kinakailangan. Meron pong mga translator ang ating embahada.

      Sorry po for late reply.


  2. Hello po,

    Im a first time “OFW” will leave the Philippines to work in Gibraltar, ask ko po kung pede rin ba akong mag apply ng online app na may delivery ? or pag first time ka you really need to go sa main office?

    salamat…hassle talaga ito hehehe

    • Mike,

      Sorry for late reply, work muna bago community service, he he!

      The OEC delivery service ay para lamang po doon sa mga nagbabakasyon. Kung ikaw ay bagong OFW at dumaan po sa recruitment agency, sila po ang magaasikaso sa inyong mga papeles.



  3. Ask ko lang po..ok lang b sa pinas na aq kukuha ng OEC?d2 kasi aq nagtatrabho sa bkasyun q ds 15 of april.

    • Ivie,

      Oo naman pero dalhin mo ang lahat ng kopya or photo copies ng mga dokumento mo bilang OFW sa Dubai. Kasi magkaiba ang bayaran ng mga OFW na dumaan ng recruitment agency sa isang OFW na hindi dumaan ng recruitment agency.


  4. Sir Bong,

    Magandang Araw po.

    ITatanong ko lang po sana kung may linaw na po ba kung magkano talaga ang binabayaran para sa OEC, kasi ang kasama ko po sa bahay ay nagbayad ng 6,000+, gusto ko lang po makasigurado at kung ito po man ay nagtaas para saan naman po kaya ito? malaking halaga po ito para sa ating mga manggawa d2 sa ibang bansa.

    Maraming salamat po. marami po kayong natutulungan d2. Godbless

  5. good morning philhealth,gusto k po maimember ang friend sa healthcard nyo kya lang nk epilyedo sa unang asawa mga kids nya,g pero d cla kasal at surely wlang healthcard na nasalihan ang dating husband as up now she got married already at gusto nya magpa member nga dito?so anu po mga requirements na dpat at anu dpat right procedure to be a member?pls email me asap how??at kung my branch b kayo sa milan iitaly? thank you and more power!!!!! god bless!!!

    • Lani,

      Hindi po ako taga Philhealth, ordinary OFW lang po ing inyong lingkod.

      Mag fill out kayo ng Philhealth form at dapat kung ano man ang nakalagay na apelyido ng mga anak ng friend mo sa kanilang birth certificate (legitimate or illegitimate) children, dapat ganon rin ang ilagay sa application form. Magdala na rin ng dalawang identification papers or docs, like passport, voters id, drivers license or any valid IDs.


  6. Magandang araw po, husband visa po ako dati, sa kabutihang palad nakakuha po ako ng work sa sharjah, UAE. Magbabakasyon po ako sa Pinas this April, tanong ko lang po kung ano po ang breakdown ng babayaran kapag first time magbabayad ng OEC. May nakausap po ako na friend ko na nakakuha ng OEC recently, ang binayaran nya po ay 112Dirhams, ganun din po ba ang babayaran ko? ano po ang mga papers na dapat kong dalhin.

    Salamat po ng marami for having this useful site, very informative.

    • Beth,

      Please read our latest posting in line with your inquiry. Makikita mo ang POEA guidelines tungkol sa OEC ng mga OFW sa UAE na hindi dumaan sa recruitment agency. Latest posting ng blog natin ito. Dalhin mo ang iyong kontrata pag kukuha ka ng OEC at iba pang mga dokumento na magpapatunay na isa kang OFW sa UAE.


  7. Dear Sir :

    I am an OFW , working in Dubai UAE since 2005.

    Last 2009 (my last vacation) I paid OEC and Philihealth contribution (P900) in their Calamba Laguna office. Now my husband is confined in Binan Doctors, Binan Laguna. My question is, can he avail of the Philhealth benefits?

    Year 2009 was my last payment to Philhealth as only this April 2011 am oging home for vacation..

    Kindly assist.

    Thank you.

    Best regrads,
    Virginia M. Ramos
    Dubai UAE

  8. pwede bang magtanong kung pwede mo bang maging benificiary q ung kapatid kong babae kung sakaling wala akong naging anak sa asawa kong tunay?

    • Alma,

      Ang OEC sa mga first timer ay madaling ma-release kung kompleto ka sa mga dokumento na kailangan and of course the corresponding fees needed to get an OEC. Ang pinakahuling hakbang na gagawin ng first time worker para siya ma-deploy ay ang OEC.


      • So how many days exactly? I would appreciate it if your answer is definite. I only have one week in the Philippines.

          • hello papano po magbook para makakuha ng OEC, bali nag apply ako sa taiwan going to canada, at andto nko sa pinas now, nagun apply nako ng oec.. papano magbook? can u give me the number of the agency na magschedule sakin to have my oec? thankz… julius

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