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

368 thoughts on “All about Philhealth and OEC

  1. Good day! Ask ko lang po if pwede ko po update un payment ko ng philhealth dito po sa abudhabi. Buntis po kc ak0 and
    sa pinas po ak0 manganganak. Magagamit ko po bd un philhealth ko? Salamat po.

    • Puwede po kayong mag update ng payment sa Philhealth sa ating Embahada or sa POLO diyan sa Abu Dhabi. Tawagan nyo po ang number na ito at paki inquire kung saan ka dapat pumunta to update your payment Phone: +971 2 639 0006.

      Opo magagamit mo ang Philhealth sa iyong panganganak sa Pilipinas. Ask your relative in Philippines to visit Philhealth office near your location for the requirmeents para ma prepare nila ito bago ka bablaik sa Pinas.

  2.’am & sr, ako po c analyn pancho isang ofw dto sa brunie is ko pong malaman kung ma claim ko pba ung gastos ko sa huspital .kasi noong oct 2015 .n hospital po ako dto ?paano ko ba mkuha ung repond sa nagastos ko sa hospital .ngaung July 2016 ko lang na kita sa YouTube Ang mga philhealt benifits ng mga ipin at anong ko sa office ng philhealt sa lungsod namin.Ang sa got nila sa kapated ko wala silang alam sa nasa bing programa?na galing sa owwa o philhealth?complito naman po ung documents ko.yon lang po.tq

  3. Nag wo work po ako dito s Malaysia at Di inaasahan na pang yayari at nakaramdam po ako na pananakit sa look ng asking right ear at nag pa doctor po. Ang ENT po ba ay sakop ng philhealth?

  4. Blessed Good Day po. Nag wowork po ako ngaun sa Dubai. Ask ko lang po sana pede po ba magamit ng tatay ko nahospital sa pinas ung philheath ko po. and pede ko po ba masure kung na declare ko siya as independent ko po? salamat po

    • Kung nakalagay siya as your dependent magagamit po ng tatay mo ang Philhealth. Malaman mo na siya ang dependent mo sa pag fill up mo ng application. Siguro naman po, maalala mo kung sino ang mga nilagay mo during application process.

  5. …ang philhealth poh b nming ofw nid to pay yearly contribution.?
    …ung 2400 n bnayaran nmin pag alis ng bnsa it is just valid for 1 year.?
    …d poh b ngbyad n kmi ng 2400 ibg sbhin poh b nun lyf time membership n yun.?

    • Hindi po lifetime membership ang P2,400.00 kundi yearly contribution po ito. Kung nagbayad na kayo ng P2,400.00, ibig sabihin bayad na po kayo for 1 year. Kung magbakasyon kayo after 1 year, dapat po kayong mag renew ng membership contribution. Kung two years po ang kontrata ninyo, puwede po kayong mag renew sa Embahada or any designated Philhealth office sa Saudi.

  6. Hi, i just want to inquire about my philhealth id number because as former ofw i paid philhealth and pagibig everytime i leave the country and yet i dont know my philhealth number…hope you can help me tnx

  7. Hi, inquire ko lang po kung possible po mag change ng membership sa philhealth from employed to ofw. 5 months palang po ako as ofw and i still have 19 months remaining bago makauwi ng pinas pero gusto ko na po kasi ituloy ang contribution ko, ano po ang steps and requirements para d2? Many thanks in advance

    • If you already are a member of Philhealth, you can just pay your contributions and update your status as OFW.

      If you are outside the Philippines and wants to become a member of Philhealth, you can just submit the following requirements to any Philhalth office:

      -PMRF (Philhealth Member Registration Form)
      -Philhealth Premium Payment Slip (PPPS)
      -Photocopy of acceptable valid IDs
      -Pay your contributions to accredited collecting agents of Philhealth abroad
      -Update your status as OFW.

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