Guidelines on the Registration of Worker-On-Leave/Balik Manggagawa


News Release
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 where users can view an instructional video for their guidance.

For technical support, OFWs may send a email at and 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

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
3rd – 4th Floor, Shania Building, Quezon Avenue
City of San Fernando, La Union

POEA Satellite Office. Tuguegarao City
13 Dalan na Pagayayya
Regional Government Center
Tuguegarao City

POEA Regional Ext. Unit – CAR
Benitez Court Compound
Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City
(074) 442-9478
(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
Legaspi City
(052) 480-0144;

POEA Regional Center for Visayas
Ground Flr. DOLE Building (old Insular Building)
corner General Maxilom Ave and Gorordo Ave
Cebu City
(032) 231-1016, (032) 231-1007, (032) 231-1003

POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region VI
3rd Floor, Robinson’s Place – Iloilo
Ledesma corner Mabini Streets, Iloilo City
(033) 336-8611, (033) 335-1058

POEA Satellite Office – Bacolod City
2nd Floor, Old City Hall
Araneta-Luzuriaga St.
Bacolod City
(034) 434-7391 (telefax)






121 thoughts on “Guidelines on the Registration of Worker-On-Leave/Balik Manggagawa

  1. Magandang umaga po, itatanong ko lang po sana, yong tungkol sa balik mangagawa, may kapatid po kasi ako na naka-vacation till Sept. 26, 2016, kumuha naman po siya ng balik manggagawa sa Qatar bago sya nagbakasyon dito sa Pilipinas, may hawak din po siyang resibo, kailangan niya pa po ba kumuha ulit ng balik mangagawa dito sa Pilipinas pabalik ng Qatar? Salamat po. 🙂

  2. Hello po ask ko lng po kc firstime ko pong mag renew ng passport dito sa malaysia ei uuwi poh ako ngaung september din for 1 month vacation pero ung amo ko po ei hnd po niya mahanap ung 2015 na mga documents ko tulad po ng contract, oec, owwa, at philhealth ko so ei kelangan ko rin po un sa renewal ng contrata at passport so paaano po yun

    • Bakit nasa employer mo ang lahat ng iyong mga original documents? Dapat pong ang lahat na mga dokumento ng OFW ay naka photo copies. Hindi na kailangan ang ibang mga dokumento sa pag renew ng pasaporte. Tungkol naman sa OEC, kung babalik ka sa dati mong employer, exempted na po ang mga OFW nito simula Sept. 15. Pero mag BM online ka upang makita mo kung exempted ka o hindi. Sa Philhealth at Pagibig naman, puwede kang magbayad agad at humingi ng record of payments para makita mo ang iyong kontribusyon. Sa renewal of contract, siguradohin mo lang na tutugma ito sa dati mong napirmahan.

      Pag may bago kang dokumento, mag photo copy ka nito para sigurado.

  3. Good day po..currently po akong nagtatrabaho dito sa Thailand, matatapos na po ang contract ko this coming 31-October. Plan po ng company namin na ilipat ako sa ibang branch namin sa India (same company group), pero considered po iyong new employer tama po ba?
    Papaano po ang sa pagkuha ng OEC, makakapag secure pa rin po ba ako ng OEC sa BMOnline?
    Or need ko na pong pumunta ulit sa POEA office?
    Ano po ba ang mga requirements?
    Pede po ba paki share ng link?
    Salamat po..

  4. ask lang po, ung validity ng oec na nkuha ko last 2015 ang nkalagay ay valid for exit up to 2017. pwd pa ba ito? nsa pinas po ako ngaun at babalik sa uae with the same employer this sept 13. salamat!

    • Ang OEC mo ba ay through BM online? Ang OEC e-receipts can only be used once and the validity period is 60 days, and be used for a single exit. Better to verify it in any POEA office.

  5. Hi po Rachelle from singapore.Ask ko lng po uuwi ako ng september 1st week 5 days lng po then ng change of employer po ako nung May lng po.kylangn ko pa po ba mgpa change of employer?ano po advise maibibigay nyo.

  6. Hi Good evening po, ask ko lang po. Na renew po ako sa same company ko magbakasyon lang po sana ako sa October. Registered naman po ako sa POEA. Ask ko lang po kung need ko ba po ulit magpunta sa Embassy like the first time na nag apply ako ng OEC, pa authenticate ung Contract, bayad sa Owwa and all. Or pede na po ako magproceed sa BM Online po at ibahin lang po ung details ng Expiry ng Visa ko? May record naman po ako sa BM Online. Ask ko lang po kung pede diretso na ko kuha OEC online po? Same employer pa din po ang babalikan ko kaka renew lang po ng kontrata ko. Sana po ay matulungan ninyo ako. Salamat po. God bless.

    • Opo dahil you are returning to the same employer and you have existing record in the POEA database. Just follow instruction for the payment.

      Also, don’t forget to renew your Philhealth and Pagibig membership separately, makakatulong sa iyo ito pagdating ng araw.

  7. Magandang araw po. Ask ko lang po kung meron tayo na online payment para sa OWWA contribution.

    Maraming salamat po 🙂

  8. Good Day po.. ask ko lng po, pauwi po ako next month… (September) two weeks lng po.. Documented nman po ako s pinas as OFW every uwi po ako nkk kuha ng OEC.. Ngyon po Change employer po ako. Yung contract po n pinirmahan ko po which is sa sister company din po ng company n ng hire sa akin, kasi cla po yung may kontrata s client.. hindi po b ako mgkakaroon ng problema s pg kuha ko ng OEC s pinas. Maraming salamat po…More power….

    • May re-entry visa kaba? Kung parehong company name ok lang. Just try to access BM online dahil may record ka na pero kung ayaw tanggapin ang inyong online application ibig sabihin you need a personal processing at the POEA processing site. This is due to the following:

      1) No POEA record / No record found/Discrepancy in any record
      2) Undocumented workers (i.e., Tourist to OFW, Dependent to OFW, Student to OFW, etc.)
      3) Change employer and/or jobsite

      Payo ko unahin ang OEC before ka mag enjoy sa inyong bakasyon. Wow 2 weeks lang pala. Try BM online now or visit our POLO office prior your vacation.

  9. Hi po ask q lng poh umalis aq ng dubai ng march 5 2016 then nka book aq pa balik ng augost 13. 2016 ok pa ba yung visa q kc september pa nman yung pang 6 months q d2 sa pinas so calid pa ba yung visa q???

    • The visa validity is valid or can be used even the passport is near or expired. In your case you have return ticket, no worries at all but in the future renew your passport 6 months prior to its expiration.

      In the case of a new passport and the visa is in the old passport, you can bring the two passport when you present it to the immigration.

  10. Good morning po. Tatanong ko lang po kung paano po kung magpapalit ako ng bagong employer pero same country pa rin po ang pupuntahan, ano po ang dapat gawin? Registered naman po ako sa POEA, at expired na din ang dati kong OEC. I have here my Passport, Work permit and contract from my new employer, aside from magpapaappointment sa POEA meron pa po bang ibang dapat gawin??

    • Try to visit the BM online if the system will not accept it then you need to change info all over again.

      Be reminded that OEC BM Online application is only for returning OFWs, or vacationing OFWs who will return back abroad to the same employer. Payo ko sa iyo visit POEA office and bring with you the pertinent original documents you have in hand.

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