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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DOLE SEC BELLO Suspends Processing and Issuance of OEC to all Direct-Hired OFWs

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered the suspension of processing and issuance of Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).

This news was confirmed by DOLE Chief Silvestre H. Bello III, saying it is applied to all directly hired Overseas Filipino WorkersThe suspension effects immediately today, April 25, 2017. All pending applications for OEC as of date were covered by the suspension.

Last September 15, 2016, OFWs returning to the same employer or job site will no longer have to secure the required OEC.

This is based on the Governing Board Resolution No. 12, Series of 2016 of DOLE

Earlier the POEA said that the OEC exemption is an experimental basis that covers returning workers who are

1. Returning to the same employer and job site, and listed in the POEA database of OFWs;

2. Hired through POEA’s Government Placement Branch.

In the new development regarding the suspension of processing and issuance of OEC, the DOLE has not yet given further details regarding the news.

We will update this post as soon as new updates will be released.