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Monday, December 10, 2012

Getting an OEC in Philippine Embassy Singapore Experience 2012

It's time for me to visit Philippines this December and one of the task for OFWs, like me, in Singapore is to get an OEC, Overseas Employment Certificate.  This is useful for us because we are privileged not to pay for the Terminal Fee and the Travel Tax.

My Experience in Getting an OEC
Starting December 3, 2012, the Philippine Embassy introduced the new system for OEC.  Check this link on How to Get an OEC in Singapore.
Why do I need an OEC - click for more info
So I arrived on my appointment date, the queue was quite a bit long at the gate of the Philippine Embassy.   I brought with me the following:

1. 3 copies of my e-appointment.  - It's in a pdf form given after my online appointment and printed it in 3 copies. (Free)

2. OWWA -  The Certificate of Membership Coverage, a document given to OFWs upon membership.  Valid for 12 months. ($42 per membership)

3. Pag-Ibig Fund Receipt - Receipt for the payment of Pag-Ibig Fund ($5.50)

4. Ballpen - used for signing the item #1

5. IC - Identification card which is known as Employment Pass

6. $3 cash - payment for OEC

So, I showed to the guard my e-appointment document (item 1) and he gave me a queuing number and instructed me to proceed to Window 2A.

I quickly queued up to the Window 2A because there were people flooding on that queue.  I thinks it's because we are getting ready for our Christmas vacation.

Then it was my turn, I showed my documents to the officer and he asked for my documents.

Note: If you haven't paid for the latest month of your Pag-Ibig Fund, you need to pay for it first.  Your  OEC application will be handed to the Pag-Ibig fund section where you need to pay $5.50 and after that, wait for your name to be called at Window 2.

He took 2 copies of my e-appointment letter with my passport and checked my OWWA, Pag-Ibig Fund Receipt, IC and the $3 payment.  He asked me to sit and wait for my name to be called.

After an hour, my name was called and asked me to proceed to window 2 and the lady handed me my OEC together with my passport.

Warning:  Please check your passport and the spelling of your name written on the OEC.  This might not be yours due to human error.

Other Posts:
How to Get an OEC at the Philippine Embassy, Singapore
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19 comments:

  1. boooo, the website is always offline. i cannot book online for the OEC

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    1. Have patience. Life is not always easy.

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    2. Yah! you are right!dont be too narrow minded..

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  2. hi ben what if i dont have an existing Pagibig fund number? what will be my work around on this? thanks!

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    1. Hi, you need to fill in a form...do the procedure below.

      1. Filled up Members Registration Form (MRF)
      2. Present original or photocopy of Philippine Passport / NRIC / E Pass / S Pass / Work Permit

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  3. OFWS may register through the Pag-IBIG desks located at:

    Philippine Embassy – Singapore: Counter 4
    Lucky Plaza 2nd flr Unit 45 Lucky Plaza
    Lucky Plaza 3rd flr Unit 69 (during Sunday only)

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  4. Hi Ben..first time to get OEC..don't have owwa certificate yet..do I need to get it separately or can be at the same time on my appointment date?

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    1. You need to have the OWWA first, it's one of the requirement to get an OEC. you go earlier than your appointment date and register for OWWA (S$42.00), then pay the Pag-Ibig (S$5.50). Better be there 2 hours or more before the OEC appointment. There are a lot of queues for the OWWA and Pag-Ibig.

      GO to this link for further info...
      http://www.benalagnam.com/2012/12/how-to-get-oec-at-philippine-embassy.html

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  5. hi ben, what if i dont have the copy of my employment contract? I have my IC though. can still apply for OWWA membership and OEC? What would happen if i go back to the philippines without an OEC? How about re-entering Singapore? tnx a lot

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    1. If you are not a household service worker, you just show the IC. Please read my post (visit the link below).

      http://www.benalagnam.com/2013/05/importance-of-oec-frequently-asked.html

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  6. Im Going to holiday on December 18 2013 to January 8, 2014. Everyday I go in the website but I cant go in the date of deployment.. I notice the schedule available December 12 upwards..How to do I going back home Decmeber 18. Maybe when I go though Dec already not available.

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    1. You choose date before your flight, take the December 12, 2013 and fill up the form so you can get the appointment at that date. You can get the OEC on that same day itself.

      If you really cannot get the OEC here in Singapore, you can get one at the POEA office in Philippines.

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  7. Paano pag wala akong mawork out na OEC, magbabayad na lang ng tax?????

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    1. You can get an OEC at Duty Free Paranaque, Philippines or if you stayed in Philippines below 5 days, you can get it at the NAIA Terminals.

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  8. My helper stopped paying the pag-ibig after the first time. Can she easily pay for it on the oec appointment day?

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    1. Yes Lulu, she can pay anytime at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.

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  9. Hi Ben, pano kung wala akong original na contract, photo copy lang, household worker ako. makakakuha ba ako sa embassy kasabay ng oec ko? alam mo ba kung magkano ang bayad sa contract? pano kung past dated na din ung sched ko sa appointment at di ko napuntahan ung scheduled date ko talaga dahil sa amo ko, pwede ko pa bang ipakita yun para makakuha ng oec?

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  10. How about kung sa Pinas na lang kumuha ng Oec? Puede kya yun? How long it will takes? And ganun din kya ang requirements?pls reply me naman po

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