Monday, May 23, 2022

Balik Manggagawa (OEC) Online Questions and Answers

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What is a Balik-Manggagawa (BM) Online Processing System?
BM Online Processing System is a web-based facility that enables the Balik-Manggagawa (BM) or vacationing OFW to apply online for Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) and have the approved OEC printed by him/her anywhere and anytime. This aims to expedite the issuance of OEC to vacationing OFWs, who will return to their respective foreign employers/principals. The opening page of the system contains an Instructional video that will guide the BM in using the facility.

Who may avail of the BM Online Processing System?
OFWs on vacation returning to the same employer/ principal and Jobsite, with employment visa/work permit, have a record in the POEA database, and previously issued OEC/E-Receipt under the same employer/principal may avail of the BM Online Processing System.

What will happen to BM workers who do not meet the requirements mentioned above for online processing?
BM workers who do not meet the said criteria are advised to access the BM Online Processing System still. They can set the appointment service through its APPOINTMENT PAGE for regular processing of their OECs on their preferred processing site and appointment date and time. Those with an appointment will be prioritized in any of the POEA processing sites within the country and even in the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs).

I am returning to the same employer and job site and have previous OEC, but the System still re-directs me to the Appointment page. What happened?
The system automatically redirects to Appointment Page BMs who may be in any of the following situations and therefore, warrants personal processing at the POEA/POLO or any processing site:

  • No POEA record / No record found/Discrepancy in any record
  • Undocumented workers (i.e., Tourist to OFW, Dependent on OFW, Student to OFW, etc.)
  • Change employer and Jobsite
  • Watchlisted worker and OFW with the watchlisted employer
  • OFW returning to restricted or non-compliant country
  • Sea-based to Landbased Worker
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I am a holder of Multiple Travel Exit Clearance (MTEC) previously issued to me by POEA. What will happen to this?
MTECs and other OECs/e-receipts issued before under the MTEC system and are still valid and have not been used will always be honored as exit clearance and for all existing exemptions like travel tax, terminal fee and documentary stamp.

Can I request multiple OEC online?
No. The System will allow you one OEC at a time. You have to use your valid OEC first before you can request another OEC.

I already have an appointment with the mall processing center for the processing of my OEC scheduled in December this year under the old appointment system of POEA. Now that I’ve learned about the BM Online, can I instead avail of this new system?
Yes. BMs with appointment secured under the old appointment system are encouraged to try the BM Online System if they meet the criteria. If not, they can still pursue their previously set appointment, and our personnel assigned in the chosen processing site will process their OEC.

For how many times I can use the OEC issued online? Does it have a validity period?
Online OEC like the existing OECs/e-receipts can only be used once. While its validity period is 60 days, it can only be used for a single exit.

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REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

How do I sign up for BM Online Processing System?
Steps for BM Online Processing:
a. Go to the direct link http://bmonline.poea.gov.ph/ or go to POEA official webpagewww.poea.gov.ph and click BM Online
b. Fill out all the fields under New User
c. Click and accept the ‘Terms of Service’
d. Click Sign Me Up
-Once you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email from POEA. In your email, you need to click the link to confirm your email address. You will receive an advisory that your account has been approved.
-Your email address and password will also serve as your log-in account and password. Log-in at the BM Online website and continue with your online transaction.

How do I complete the signup process and confirm my email address?
To confirm your email address, open the link in the email we sent you when you signed up. We need to verify that you own the email address you used to set up the account. This way, we know we’re sending your account information to the right person/ individual.

What is the minimum password strength, and how can I make my password secure?
When you create a new password, make sure that it?s at least six characters long. Try to use a complex combination of numbers, letters, and punctuation marks. If the password you entered isn’t strong enough, try mixing uppercase and lowercase letters or making the password longer. The password you create should be secure for you to remember but hard for someone else to figure out.

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Why did I receive a confirmation email from POEA?
If you didn’t sign up for a BM Online account and received a confirmation email in error, you can deactivate the account in question by contacting our System Administrator thru [email protected] or landline number 02-7219496/02-7277778

Can I still use my BM Online account if I don’t confirm my email address?
No. A message will prompt that your account is inactive. Activate your account by clicking the confirmation link in your email.

Can I still change the email address/log-in account I used when I signed up?
No. Your email address also serves as your permanent log-in account. Thus, you cannot change the email address you used when you signed up.

My account is now activated; how do I log in?
You can log in to your account on the same page. To log in, enter your email address and password under the Already User? Field.

Why is the System asking for my last issued OEC number? What does it mean?
Your last issued OEC number is your latest transaction record with POEA. The System needs this information to retrieve your file and the newest employment details.

What happens next if the System finds my latest POEA record?
You will be asked if you are returning to the same employer and Jobsite. If Yes, you will be allowed to acquire your OEC online. The System will generate your previous employment data, and you can proceed with your online transaction, payment, up to the printing of your electronic OEC.

What happens if I do not know my OEC number?
The System will redirect you to the APPOINTMENT page, where you need to appear to POEA for processing of your OEC personally.

I clicked Yes, but some of the information on my Personal and Employment Details are outdated. How do I fix this?
The System will allow you to edit your profile, such as Personal Data, Contract Particulars, and Beneficiaries. However, there are some fields you cannot write like Employer?s Name and Jobsite. Fields with asterisks (*) are mandatory.

I already updated my profile but I cannot proceed to the next step
You cannot continue to step next if you do not complete filling up all required fields. Take or upload your photo, which must not exceed one (1) MB. Your photo must be the picture of your full face, similar to your passport picture.

What happens next after I upload my photo?
You may now proceed to the next step, which is the Payment Module. There are several ways to settle your fees:
1.Over-the-counter thru Banks
2.Over-the-counter thru Bayad Centers
3.Online Banking
4.Globe G-cash
5.POEA office/processing site/POLO for those with appointment
The System will send instructions through your email on how to complete the payment process. Follow the instructions carefully. Once payment is confirmed, your OEC will be forwarded through your email and BM Online account.

What do I do if I lost my OEC?
Log in to your BM Online account and reprint your OEC.

I already got my OEC online, do I need to go to the POEA office?
No. You need to print your OEC in three (3) copies. This will serve as your travel exit clearance and basis for tax and terminal fee exemption. We already officially requested the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) to honor the online OEC as exit clearance and for exemption from the said fees.

Is there anything else I need to bring at the airport aside from my OEC?
Yes. Don’t forget to bring your passport, visa, and other travel documents.

Should I still go to the POEA Labor Assistance Center (LAC) for re-validation of my OEC?
Yes, meantime, since we are still under the transition phase. We will issue a notification later if all the online OEC holders can already proceed to the Immigration counters. There will be less need to pass through the LAC then since the information of those whose OECs are processed online are automatically shared with the Bureau of Immigration.

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40 COMMENTS

  1. Masyado marami busisi ang bago nlang paraan ng pagkuha ng oec, pa on line on line pa tpos need mo pa i print, db nkarecord n yun. Tpos need p dn pnta sa POEA Labor Assistance Center for re-validation… dami dami rekutitos , as a worker here in abroad our time is not that much to proccess this, what is the used of our PHIL CONSULATE abroad para cla na mag proccess lht ng VALIDATED OEC, cause on thing not all ofw has their email… pls be considerate.make a best way just do it once but valid oec.. our time as a ofw is very important. Thanks and God bless

  2. No records/dependant to ofw? When I came here in qatar I register my self in polo owwa along with my contract. I even took OEC and they stamp the record on my passport. Now when I use this online BM it said no record. Useless still need to go and set apointment, better go to embassy and pay there.

  3. hello po..magtatanong lang po kong ang pagkuha b ng EOC…example sa employer ko ang nkalagay sa iqama ko po ay as a cleaner(labor) tapos na promote lang po ako n supervisor…ano po ba ng dapat kong ilagay na position sa pagkuha ko ng EOC sa pinas during my vacation…..kasi nalilito ako..kc po .pagbalik ko po dto sa SAUDI eh parang na hold ang passport ko…dko alam ang susundin kong position…sana po matulungan nyo po ako..thanks

  4. Dapat kung online ang process sa OEC DAPAT ONLINË NÃ LAHAT TRNSACTION… eh pupunta pa pala ng personl for REVALIDTION? PARANG HINDI TAMA AH… USELESS DIN ANG ONLINË TRANSACTION..!!SAYANG LANG ANG LAKI NG SWELDO NG MGA GUMAWA NG SISTEMANG TO..!!!UNDER TRANSITION PA DAW!!! SABAGAY ANG WORK DYAN GOV. OFFICE PURO PETEKS LANG …KAYA ANG BAGAL !!!!!

  5. My last OEC has my recent employer on it but when I entered my OEC number (recent) , iba ang employer na lumalabas, so I was directed to appontment page. Di pa ata nila na update 100% yung records nila.. I don’t know kung sakin lang nangyari to I tried to contact yung dalawa sa mga desk support nila pero until now no one has replied to my Inquiry. That was 2 months ago na.. Sana lang kung may mga ganung Inquiry tayo, they were there to assist us kasi nasa initial stage sila ng implementation at may mga discrepancies pa sa records nila and to think online tayo.

  6. Anybody can answer:

    Mag sisix (6)mos na from my arrival sa pinas galing qatar. Pinababalik alo ng amo ko.. Since expire na ang VISA ko kasi di ko pinarenew nung umuwi ako, makakabalik pa ba ako don? Inaayos ng amo ko ang visa ko ngayon.. La ba problema ang pagbalik ko sa qatar? Pede ba kumuha ng OEC even ang visa pinaprocess pa?

  7. Mawalang galang napo sa nagsulat ng mga paliwanag ukol dito sa bagong sistema ng pagkuha ng OEC sana po TINAGALOG nyo nalang ang paliwanag kase po hinde naman po lahat ng nagtatrabaho abroad eh singgaling nyo at talino nyo sa salitang ENGLISH…maliwanag naman ang OEC para sa PILIPINO kaya maging makaPILIPINO po sana kayo…di naman siguro kabawasan sa talino at pinag aralan nyo kung magtatagalog kayo…

  8. i tried to use online application pero i was adviced to apply in appointment process kase no record found daw.3 months pa lang ang OEC ko,at hinde pa expired pero bakit wala sa data base nila? when i click to help desk assistance, ala namang nag pop up para maka pag inquire ako. Hinde kaya nag sayang lang ng pera ang mga officials ng POEA kung di rin lang mapapakinabangan ng maayos. Kase kung hinde updated ang data base nila, limited ang services na maibibigay ng online application samantalang hinde nman siguro limited ang ginastos nila sa create nito.

  9. Why Philippine Embassy did not explain who can avail the reduce tax for the family? they are simply collect your money then suddenly they will not honored if you will used in second degree of your family. Why??????? because of small amount of money??? please be reasonable to your work……

  10. PLS… KUNG MAARI LNG SANA KUNG SINO MN ANG PWEDENG TUMULONG SKING PARA MA BUKSAN KO ULIT ANG ACCOUNT KO .. KASI PO NA RESET KO ANG PASSWORDS KO.. INI SEND NLA SA EMAIL KO ANG CODE PERO WLA NMN PROPER INSTRUCTIONS KUNG PAANO KO I TYPE AND CODE KNG ANO ANG SITE ANG PPASUKING KO… HND KO MA PRINT ANG OEC KO KASI KNG HND KO MABBUKSAN ANG ACCOUNT KO… KAYA PO KUNG PWEDE LNG KNG SINO MAN ANG MY MABUTING KALOOBAN JAN… PKITULONGAN NYO NLNG PO AKO… SALAMAT PO…

  11. Paano ang gagawin ko ung hinahanap nila skin reqrmnts hindi bingay ng employer ko bgo ako umwe ng pinas’tpos now pblik na ako ng kuwait d ako nakakuha OEC kc hinahnpan nga ako reqmnts ung employer ko ayaw sumagot!paano na ako yan ung ticket ko sa feb4 na wala pa ako OEC

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