Overseas Employment Certificate: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is an OEC?

An Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is a document required under the Rules and Regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) from all Filipinos departing the Philippines for overseas employment, whether as a new hire or a Balik Manggagawa – a Filipino worker returning to the same employer abroad.

The OEC must be presented to immigration officials at Philippine airports every time a Filipino overseas worker leaves the Philippines. It serves as an exit clearance, and exempts the worker from paying travel tax and airport terminal fees.

The OEC is valid only for 60 days from issuance.

2. Who issues the OEC?

The OEC is issued by POEA offices in the Philippines. It may also be issued by Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) abroad that have been authorized by the POEA to issue OECs. However, a POLO can only issue OECs to Filipinos working in the countries it covers.

Prague PE Labor (POLO Prague) was assigned to have jurisdiction over Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine  on labor matters beginning 1 December 2021.  Earlier, it was POLO Berlin that assisted the Embassy.

The OEC is not issued by Philippine Embassies or Consulates. The Philippine Embassy in Warsaw does not issue OECs.

3. What is employment contract verification?

Verification is the procedure conducted by the Labor Attaché in Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) to ensure that all the employment rights, benefits and welfare of Filipino workers at the worksite are duly protected.  Through verification, the Labor Attaché ensures that the employment contracts of the Filipino workers and other employment documents are consistent with the prevailing employment laws, standards and practices in both the Philippines and the host country, and that the documentary requirements for overseas employment as required by the POEA are complied with.  The cost of contract verification is EUR 9,00.

4. Do I need to have my employment contract authenticated by the Philippine Embassy?

The most important requirement for the issuance of an OEC is a verified employment contract, not authentication. Verification is a service that only the POLO, not the Embassy, can provide. So your aim must be to get your employment contract verified by POLO Prague.

The Apostille Convention took effect for the Philippines on 14 May 2019, and from that time on, the Apostille has replaced the Certificate of Authentication. Since then, Philippine Embassies and Consulates do not issue Certificates of Authentication anymore (also known as “red ribbon”).

For more information on the Apostille Convention, please visit the DFA Apostille info page.  See also POEA's Memorandum Circular No. 08 Series of 2019 for the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Apostille Convention related to the Verification of Employment Documents for Overseas Filipino Workers. Please note that POLOs have been directed by POEA to continue conducting the verification of employment documents to be used in the recruitment of Filipino workers covering the country wherein it is established and including the countries/territories under its jurisdiction, whether such are Apostille or non-Apostille contracting parties.

5. I changed my employer in Poland, and I am spending my vacation in the Philippines. What must I do to apply for an OEC?

If you changed your employer, you must go through the steps for contract verification. Please contact POLO Prague by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and inquire how it can verify your employment contract. Once you are in the Philippines with your verified employment contract, you can apply for an OEC at any POEA office.

6. I am a directly hired worker in the Philippines bound for Poland, or the Baltic countries. I need an OEC. What must I do?

Same procedure as above, contact POLO Prague by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and inquire how it can verify your employment contract. After your contract has been verified by POLO, present it to the POEA to apply for an OEC. 

Please note that the usual hiring procedure is for the foreign employer to hire a Filipino worker through a Philippine recruitment agency, and the employment contract to be verified by POLO before the contract is sent to the Philippines.    Direct hiring is discouraged; hiring must be done, as much as possible, through a POEA accredited Philippine recruitment agency.

For directly hired workers, all employers seeking exemption from the direct hire prohibition shall have the employment documents of their directly hired workers verified by POLO Prague.

7. How do I apply for an OEC at POLO Prague?  What are the requirements? Who are exempted?

Please contact POLO Prague by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For further information, please consult the Brief Overview on the OEC from POLO Czech and read the latest POEA Memorandum Circular No. 2 dated 06 March 2019 on the OEC.


OWWA Membership: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How do I renew my OWWA membership?

Your OWWA membership is active only for two years and for the employer you specified in your application. If two years have passed, your membership becomes inactive. You need to renew your OWWA membership for continuous coverage and availment of benefits.  If you changed employer before two years have passed, please contract POLO Prague to correct your member information.

To renew your expired OWWA membership (or apply for OWWA membership for new applicants) under the On-Site Membership Program (OSMP), just send an e-mail explaining briefly your request for renewal / new application of OWWA membership, and attaching scanned copies of your

  • OWWA Information Sheet, duly accomplished;
  • Proof of employment such as work/residence permit, signed contract of employment, pay slip, company ID card, Application for Philippine insurance with employer's signature, or other relevant evidence of employment; and
  • Copy of passport showing photo and personal data

to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

POLO Prague will evaluate your documents and advise you how to proceed, including how to pay the OWWA membership fee of EUR 23.00.

2. Am I eligible for membership enrolment/renewal under the OWWA On-Site Membership Program (OSMP)?

You are eligible if you fall under any of the following groups:

  • OFWs of legal age, who enrol as first time members, provided they are gainfully employed overseas at the time of registration;
  • OFWs whose OWWA membership had expired;
  • OFWs who have acquired regular/permanent residency status in the foreign country of work, but who have remained Filipino citizens; and
  • OFWs who left the Philippines without proper documentation as OFW from the POEA and who have obtained gainful employment in the destination country.

If you need additional information, you may contact POLO Prague at Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Mob. no. (Whatsapp): +420 602 187 598

POLO Prague (Prague PE Labor) started covering Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine for labor-related matters on 1 December 2021.


Contact details:

POLO Prague (Prague PE Consular Section-Labor)
Embassy of the Philippines
Senová┼żné namesti 8, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile No. (WhatsApp): +420 602 187 598

Warsaw, 24 October 2019 (Updated 06 June 2022)