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)





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

  1. Hi, what if my vacation exceeds 60 days, will I no longer fall under the category of Balik Manggagawa even if I will return to the same employer & will assume the same poistion/designation? Many thanks to you.

    • If you are referring to the 60 days validity of the OEC, I suggest you get your OEC in the Philippines 1 or 2 months prior your return to work abroad. Ang OEC naman ay kailangan or hinahanap sa pagbalik mo abroad at hindi sa pagpasok or pag-uwi sa Pilipinas.

  2. Sir, mag emergency vacation po ako ngayon. July 20-26 lng po bakasyon ko s Pinas, emergency lng po. Pwede po bang sa aurpor na lng ako kumuha ng OEC kase po dadaan ang weekend then by appointment p p ang pahkuha ng OEC. Martes po ng umaga ang flight ko. Pwede po ba sa airport na lng ako kumuha? Please reply po naman. Salamat po ng marami.

  3. Sir May katanungan lng po ako….nkapag-apply npo ako ng OEC from riyadh going to philippines.. Ang bakasyon ko is for May 13 to June 13. Ang OEC ko nkalagay valid until July 9, 2016… E ang problema ko po, ung OEC ko naexpired, kc po indi ko nagamit sa kadahilanang naextend ko ang bakasyon ko… Since your OEC is 2 months(60days) lng ang required, Possible po bang ipaextend ko ung OEC ko beyond July to August 2016.? khet na indi magpa appointment online..and i will go directly to POEA office or Branch?….kc po anytime in this July 14 beyond pde npo akong bumalik….please pkisagot po..Salamat…- Mark. NOted: please send me an email sir…

    • Just want to clarify, I am not from POEA or from POLO office.

      In my opinion, since OEC is valid only for Sixty(60) days from date of its issuance, then you should get a new one since it was already expired. However, you can visit POEA directly to verify if you can have it extended.

  4. Sir ask lang po, nag work po ako sa isang private company dito sa Dubai pero ang visa ko is under ng government (Crown Prince Office)
    pero po ang sponsor ko is hindi company kung hindi pangalan ng tao. Appointment ko kc knina for OEC pero nakita nila na personal yung sponsor ko at hindi company so kelangan ko dw mg comply ng working contract at ibang mga requirements pra mkakuha ako ng OEC. Tanong ko po kung ano pang pwede na proof na ipakita ko sa kanila..? pinakita ko na kc ang Labor Card ko na sa company ako ng work even though personal ung sponsor ko pero hndi pa rin nila tinanggap at may nabasa ako sa mga blogs na pwd Pay Slip, Certificate sa trabaho. Ang problema ko kc ngayon is ang sponsor ay nasa ibang bansa at flight ko na pauwi ng Pinas ngayong July 17. Baka po may mga advice or suggestions kayo na makatulong po kc hanggang bukas nlng po open ang agency. Lastly po kung sa pinas ba ako kukuha same requirements pa rin bah kelangan nila..? Thank in advance

    • Kung ito ang kanilang requirements, dapat pong mag comply. Kung sa Pilipinas ka mag file ng OEC, maaaring the same requirements ang kanilang hihhigin sa iyo. Kausapin mo ang POLO office diyan sa Dubai tungkol sa inyong concern, magbakasakali tayo na e-honor nila ang iba mong mga dokumento.

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