OEC How to Apply for Overseas Employment Certificate

OEC Overseas Employment Certificate


OEC The Overseas Employment Certificate is a requirement under the rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to help ensure overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are properly documented and protected.

OEC holders are exempted from paying the travel tax and the airport terminal fee.

Overseas Employment Certificate

Applying in the Philippines


Applying for OEC in the Philippines has been made more convenient by POEA when they started to launch the online appointment system on 5 November 2012. OFWs can get an appointment by accessing the POEA website at where you can choose the location to get the OEC.


To avoid long period of time for the OEC application, the POEA has put up counters at the following:


(1) POEA main office in Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City

(2) Duty Free Philippines in Parañaque City

(3) SM-Manila near Manila City Hall

(4) Trinoma Mall in Quezon City


If you are staying in the Philippines for a short period of time, you can get the OEC at the Labor Assistance Counter of the airport terminal.


For OFW, you can walk-in at the POEA Regional Offices near your place without making an appointment.


Steps in Getting  your Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) or Exemption Online.

  1. For New User, register in the system ( using your personal email account and click the Sign Me Up button. Open your email account to click the confirmation link.
  2. Registered user can log in and  Enter your last issued OEC number. If record found, update your Personal Data, Contract Particulars, and Beneficiaries, as needed. If no record found, set an Online Appointment.
  3. Click Acquire OEC or Exemption for online assessment. Enter flight date and confirm if returning to the same employer and jobsite.
  4. If returning to the same employer and jobsite, the system will display a confirmation message indicating that you are exempted from securing the OEC and payment of processing fee.
  5. If not, you will be redirected to the Appointment Page. Select your preferred POEA office and schedule for processing of OEC and payment.


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