Overseas Filipino Workers’ expired employment certificates extended by POEA

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OFWs extended employment certificates
OFWs have been given consideration to help them cope with the pandemic. Photo from OFW Help page.

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) whose overseas employment certificates (OECs) have expired during the community quarantine are being allowed to leave the Philippines for work abroad.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced the extension of the expired OECs in an advisory on August 31, 2020.

“Departing OFWs with expired OECs during the period of enhanced, modified and general community quarantine may proceed to the POEA issuing office, or at the Labor Assistance Center (LAC) in the international airport for evaluation, revalidation of stamping,” POEA said.

“The LAC shall then evaluate the documents and validate these with available records if the worker’s employment documents have been processed and approved by POEA. After revalidation, POEA said the OECs shall be stamped as ‘cleared’,” the agency added.

POEA reported attributed tot he COVID 19 pandemic the drop of 47% in the deployment of OFWs within the first 5 months of 2020 compared to the same period last year.

More assistance to OFWs during the pandemic include the OASIS tracker for OFWs returning to the Philippines and the waiving of fees for money sent to OFW families using BPI remittance partners.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to OFWs who have been given an extension of their expired OECs.

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