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Thursday, April 09, 2015

No More Payment Of Philhealth And Pag-Ibig Before Issuance Of OEC!

This is good news to all OFWs. 
We sent an email inquiry to POEA confirming this matter and here is the reply:

THOUGHTSKOTO: "If we will obtain an OEC starting April 1, is it still mandatory that we will pay Philhealth and Pag-ibig or we can obtain OEC without paying them? 

POEA Admin Hans Cacdac:  

"Yes we are no longer requiring Philhealth and Pag-Ibig contribution payments in the process of securing OECs. The OWWA contribution, however, will still have to be paid."

Thoughtskoto: Do POEA have memo or info or PR regarding this? We receive some reports that offices are requiring OFWs to show receipt of POEA and Philhealth payment before they can obtain OEC.

POEA: We will release a statement regarding this.

So it means those who wants to pay only OEC Fee and OWWA will only pay around P1,000 - P1300 in order to SECURE OEC o Balik Manggagawa Certificate

Meanwhile, Philhealth release a statement exhorting the OFWs to pay for their premium as well of their families as dependents, that will truly benefit from it.

This Advisory From Philhealth

Starting April 1, vacationing and re-hired overseas Filipino workers will have to pay their premium contributions to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) separately from their payments to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for their Overseas Employment Certificates (OECs).

This development is in line with the decision of the POEA to implement a single collection policy starting on the same date. The POEA will only be collecting fees for OEC and no longer for PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG Fund.
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The collection counters of PhilHealth and other government agencies, however, will be retained at POEA in Mandaluyong City and in the one-stop shops of POEA nationwide.
“We call on our OFW-members to pay their PhilHealth premium contributions first before going to the POEA for their OECs. This will secure their social health insurance coverage, as well as that of their legal dependents, for their peace of mind,” said PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander A. Padilla.

Padilla added that “OFW-members may still pay their premium contributions at the designated PhilHealth counters at the Balik-Manggagawa Center at the POEA in Mandaluyong City, as well as through any of the 27 accredited collecting partners that we have earlier authorized for local collection from OFW-members. They may also pay at our Local Health Insurance Offices nationwide.”

Overseas Filipinos pay P2,400.00 annually for their premium contribution to PhilHealth. The amount includes coverage for all qualified legal dependents of a migrant worker such as legal spouse who is not a PhilHealth member; legitimate and illegitimate children below 21 years old, unmarried and unemployed; and parents who are below 60 years old but are suffering from permanent disability which renders them totally dependent on the member for support.
Parents who are 60 years old and above and are not yet PhilHealth members may enrol under the Senior Citizen category.

PhilHealth pays for overseas hospitalization of migrant workers, as well as for the confinement of their legal dependents in the Philippines, through a reimbursement mechanism. Migrant workers have 180 calendar days from the date of discharge to file their claim documents through any of PhilHealth’s 17 Regional Offices in the Philippines. All refunds are paid for in Philippine peso equivalent. (END)


Starting April 1, vacationing OFWs or balik-manggagawa returning to their destinations overseas, must proceed to the PhilHealth counters at the POEA in Ortigas EDSA, Mandaluyong City to pay their premium contributions. 

Upon recent advice by the POEA, payments for Overseas Employment Certificates (OECs) will no longer include PhilHealth premium contributions. 

(Those interested to pay especially those who have dependents and in need of the Philhealth services, as well as Pag-Ibig can pay, and do so, voluntarily, this is the way we understand it. - The Thoughtskoto's)

To avoid the long queue, OFWs should pay their PhilHealth premiums first before going to POEA to get their OECs. Premium payments may be made at designated PhilHealth Counters at the Balik-Manggagawa Center, or through any of our accredited collecting partners nationwide. 

The list of ACAs authorized to collect OFW premium contributions can be found on adv12-03-2014.pdf. Further inquiries regarding this matter may be referred to the Overseas Filipinos Program Office at (+63917) 5129149, (+632) 441-7444 ext. 7416 or through