GUIDELINES ON THE REGISTRATION OF
WORKER-ON-LEAVE / BALIK MANGGAGAWA
May 12, 2016
POEA urges returning OFWs to use online system The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday issued an advisory encouraging balik-manggagawa or vacationing overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to use the BM Online system to acquire their respective overseas employment certificates (OEC).
Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said that starting June 1, 2016, the POEA main office in Mandaluyong City will accommodate only those with appointment set through the online system.
The appointment system was developed as a built in component to cater to OFWs who cannot proceed to the straight online processing of the OEC for any of the following reasons:
1. No existing record in the POEA database
2. Undocumented worker
3. Changed employer and/or jobsite
4. The worker or employer is on watchlist
5. OFW is returning to a restricted country
6. Former seafarer
Cacdac said may set an online appointment at the convenience of their homes for the processing of their OEC at their preferred date, time and location.
“Returning workers may also get their OECs at the POEA’s offices in the provinces through the appointment system,” Cacdac said.
The POEA has offices in Baguio City, Tuguegarao City, San Fernando City (La Union), San Fernando City (Pampanga), Calamba City, Legaspi City, Tacloban City, Cebu City, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City, Koronadal City, Butuan City, Zamboanga City, and Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.
“We also operate Balik-Manggagawa Processing Centers at SM Manila and Trinoma in Quezon City,” Cacdac added.
The online system is available at http://www.bmonline.ph where users can view an instructional video for their guidance.
For technical support, OFWs may send a email at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 0917325797, (02)7210785, (02)7219496 and (02)7277778.
How to Process the Balik-Manggagawa OEC
Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs vacationing to the Philippines to spend holidays with families and friends need to acquire the Balik-Manggagawa Overseas Employment Certificate.
The Balik-Manggagawa OEC can be processed at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) office or through their online page for more convenience.
OFWs must first prepare all the original copy of requirements when processing their OEC, which includes:
- Passport – should be valid at least six months from the date of departure.
- Valid work visa/work permit or equivalent document
- Proof of employment returning to same employer, like employment contract,certificate of employment, company ID and pay slip.
- OFWs may follow these steps in processing their OEC:
For Walk-in Clients
- Get the BM Information Sheet. OFWs can obtain the BM Form at the issuance counter of the POEA entrance, with a queuing number attached. Fill out the BM Information Sheet accurately. Proceed to the service area and wait for your number to appear on the queuing machine.
- Submit your requirements for evaluation. Approach the Evaluation Counter once you see your number displayed on the queuing machine. Present your requirementsfor evaluation/approval and encoding. The evaluator will encode your employment details. He will then give the OFW instructions to proceed to the Assessment/Cashier counter to pay the fees.
Note: If there are discrepancies or if the documents are insufficient, the evaluator will endorse the OFW to the BM Supervisor or Division Chief in-charge for further guidance on what should be done.
- Pay the fees at the Assessment/Cashier counter. Go to the Assessment/Cashier counter to make payment for the fees. OFW must not forget to wait for the release of their E-receipt/OEC which will serve as their travel exit clearance. This also entitles OFWs to be exempted from paying travel tax, terminal fee and documentary stamps in their remittance transactions.
POEA Processing Fee – P100 (per E-receipt/OEC)
PAG-IBIG Contribution – P100 (minimum amount per month)
OWWA Membership Contribution – $25 USD (or its peso equivalent)
PHILHEALTH Contribution – P2,400 (one year coverage)
By Appointment System
- Schedule an appointment online.Go to the Balik-Manggagawa Online Appointment page. At the appointment system page, OFWs may choose which office or branch they would want to transact and process their OEC/E-receipt. Availabledates and time slot will then appear, and OFWs will just have to choose which one they prefer.
- Process your OEC. OFWs must proceed to his selected office or branch, at his scheduled date and time to process his OEC/E-receipt. Do not forget to bring all the original requirements and the printed duly accomplished BM Information Sheet.
Taken: from OFW Guide Website
Regional Centers and Satellite Offices
POEA Regional Center for Luzon
DELFINA M. CAMARILLO
3rd – 4th Floor, Shania Building, Quezon Avenue
City of San Fernando, La Union
POEA Satellite Office. Tuguegarao City
ROMEO A. JARAMILLA
13 Dalan na Pagayayya
Regional Government Center
POEA Regional Ext. Unit – CAR
Benitez Court Compound
Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City
(074) 445-4209 (telefax)
POEA Satellite Office – Pampanga
SM City Pampanga
Bgy. San Jose, Gapan- Olongapo Road corner NLEX
San Fernando City Pampanga
(045) 455 – 0832 (Telefax)
POEA Satellite Office – Calamba City
Unit D. Ground Floor, Milan Prestige Building
National Highway, Brgy. Halang Calamba City
(049) 502-2798 (telefax)
POEA Satellite Office – Legaspi City No. V
Ground Floor, Unit 102-103, ANST Bldg. Washington Drive
POEA Regional Center for Visayas
EVELIA M. DURATO
Ground Flr. DOLE Building (old Insular Building)
corner General Maxilom Ave and Gorordo Ave
(032) 231-1016, (032) 231-1007, (032) 231-1003
POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region VI
RHEA GLYNDA D. CALANTAS
3rd Floor, Robinson’s Place – Iloilo
Ledesma corner Mabini Streets, Iloilo City
(033) 336-8611, (033) 335-1058
POEA Satellite Office – Bacolod City
GLENDA M. ALIGONZA
2nd Floor, Old City Hall
(034) 434-7391 (telefax)