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Saturday, February 04, 2017

DOLE to OFWs: Undergo proper medical exam!

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Want to work abroad or in the process of applying for a job abroad? Make sure to secure proper medical screening to avoid being deported due to various health issues.  This is a stern reminder of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to Filipino workers who wants to work overseas.  The warning comes after 400 guest workers were deported by the Jordan Health Ministry for having health problems.


Want to work abroad or in the process of applying for a job abroad? Make sure to secure proper medical screening to avoid being deported due to various health issues.

This is a stern reminder of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to Filipino workers who wants to work overseas.

The warning comes after 400 guest workers were deported by the Jordan Health Ministry for having health problems.




Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III  said “It is imperative for our workers to undergo a thorough medical check-up or screening by Department of Health (DOH)-accredited hospitals and clinics before they leave the country to avoid being deported due to some health restrictions. Some countries abroad are very particular when it comes to health issues,”

Bello cited the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advisory on a Jordan Health Ministry Report on their foreign workers, it states that:



It is required for a Filipino worker who is applying for an overseas job to undergo medical screening on clinics and hospitals before they can proceed to the subsequent process.


This is to ensure that the worker is healthy and fit to work once they are qualified for the job position they are applying.

With this, the POEA urged the overseas job applicants to have their medical screening at clinics and hospitals duly accredited by the Department of Health.




Here are the important things to know regarding Medical Exam for OFWs

1. A medical examination is should only be required to applicants who already received an employment offer. If you just starting or in the process of your application, a medical exam is not required.

2. Your job offer may be canceled due to the result of your medical exam. If you are hired applicant already, do not celebrate yet, but wait for the result of your medical screening. It is because the job offer can still be canceled if the result shows that you are unfit to work or not in a good health.



3. Medical certificate has three months validity period or 90 days. It means that hired applicant with a "fit to work" medical certificate should be able to leave the country, three months after the medical procedure. Once medical certificate expires, the worker needs to repeat the exam.

4. Medical fees usually shouldered by the applicants. But in the cases when the deployment of the worker is delayed and the medical certificates expire, the agency should pay the repeat medical exam.




The lists above is according to Gulf Cooperation Council(GCC)-Accredited Medical Clinics Association or GAMCA, of diseases that classify applicants in unfit to work status.