As part of the effort of the Administration of Philippine President Duterte to
expedite the processing of OEC of Balik Manggagawa or vacationing OFWs,
returning workers who meet the requirements below are exempt from
acquiring an overseas employment certificate.
Before an ofw maybe exempt from oec, he/she must satisfy the following
a. Must have an existing record in the poea database
b. Must be returning to the same employer
c. Must be returning to the same job site.
A returning ofw may avail of the oec exemption by registering through
the BM (Balik Manggagawa) online processing system.
Here is the link to the website where you need to register.
You should have an email address ready before hand.
You should also have a passport size picture duly scanned
or taken via digital camera or other means for upload.
You can get an email address for free from the following
Remember this email address and keep the log-in details
in a secured place because this will serve as your
permanent log-in account. You can not change your email
You may contact the POEA system administrator in case you
forgot your email and password to your BM online account
at the following phone number:
Upon log-in into your BM online account, the system will
determine if you are exempted from securing oec.
Just remember this things when you avail of oec exemption.
1. log-in to the BM or Balik Manggagawa online system
through the following link this link https://bmonline.ph/
2. Fill up all the details required.
3. If the ofw is confirmed by the system as returning to
the same employer and job site, the system will indicate
that the worker is exempted from securing the oec as well
as payment of processing fee.
Here is a sample of an oec confirmation message
4. You may print the confirmation message for your personal copy but
you really do not need to because the BM exemption number is
electronically generated and transmitted electronically by the system
to the Bureau of Immigration. The immigration officer at the airport will
know through their computer that you are exempt from acquiring
the overseas employment certificate.
For those who are interested, the following categories of BM or
Balik Manggagawa workers are not exempted from acquiring oec.
1. Workers returning to different employer or job site
2. Watchlisted workers and or OFW with watchlisted employers
3. OFW returning to restricted or non compliant country
4. Workers without POEA records or discrepancy in their records
5. Undocumented workers like tourist turned OFW or Student turned OFW
6. Sea-based workers turned land-based workers
The above non exempt workers from oec are required to avail
themselves of the appointment service for regular processing of their
OECs at their preferred date and time at any of the POEA processing sites
within the Philippines and the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) abroad.