Friday, October 31, 2014

Petition For Centiorari


SSS awards Best Collection Partners

SSS awards Best Collection Partners

Three banks received the Social Security System (SSS) “Balikat ng Bayan” distinction for topping their respective categories as Best Collecting Banks. The winners were Ventaja International Corporation as Best OFW Collecting Partner, Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI) as Best Collecting Commercial Bank, RCBC Savings Bank as Best Collecting Thrift Bank, and One Network Bank, Inc. as Best Collecting Rural Bank. Social Security Commissioner Daniel Edralin (left), SSS president and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr (2nd from left), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor and Guest of Honor Amando Tetangco, Jr (2nd from right), and SSS Chief Legal Counsel Voltaire Agas (right) pose with (from L-R) Ventaja International President Vincent Grey, BPI Vice President for Corporate Banking Ma. Teresa Anna Lim, RCBC 1st Vice President for Retail Banking Leonor Belen, RCBC President Rommel Latinazo, and One Network Bank President Alex Buenaventura during the Balikat ng Bayan awarding ceremonies at the SSS main office in Quezon City on September 25.

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Fil-Am honored with prominent feature at Washington war memorial

A Filipino-American US Army soldier, who narrowly escaped death after he was shot through the pelvis by a sniper in Iraq and endured a grueling rehab to get out of his wheelchair, has become one of the new faces of American war veterans with his photo prominently featured at the newly-unveiled American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Joseph Bacani's photo is prominently featured at the newly-unveiled American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C. Filipino Reporter photo
Joseph “Joe” Bacani, 29, currently a junior psychology major at Columbia University, said he was both shocked and humbled upon learning only a week prior his place of honor on the wounded-vets memorial which shows him still in his wheelchair after being awarded the Purple Heart.

“I thought my image would be small, with thousands of veterans alongside me,” said Bacani at the recent unveiling of the memorial, with his image and story next to Bob Dole’s, the late senator who was severely wounded in World War II.

“Then I saw the image, and I was like, ‘What? Are you kidding me?’ I’m larger than life-sized on that wall!”

Bacani, who grew up in Tustin, California and joined the Army at 17 when he was still in high school, said he has always seen himself “as just like a normal average Joe.”

The memorial, which took 16 years to complete and was funded by $80 million in private donations, sits within view of the Capitol.

It’s a collection of glass and granite walls representing wounded veterans from all wars and branches — of whom an estimated three million are alive today — clustered around an eternal flame.

“It doesn’t end with the war; they live with it forever,” said Project director Barry Owenby.

“They have a trauma of injury, a healing process, and then their rediscovery of purpose. So that’s the story that we’re trying to tell here.”

Bacani, who was inspired to join the Army after 9/11, was deployed to Iraq in November 2006 and was stationed at Camp Liberty in Baghdad.

From the beginning, he had a bad feeling, he recalled in an interview the New York Post.

“We deployed with maybe 20 scouts and six snipers,” said Bacani, who was a cavalry scout assigned to the 1st Cavalry Regiment from Fort Hood, Texas.
Joseph Bacani shown outside his school at Columbia University in New York City. Filipino Reporter photo
“I was really conscious about how shallow our platoon was.”

On March 20, 2007, Bacani and his platoon were doing route clearance, sweeping for IEDs, or improvised explosive devices.

“It was just five guys on foot and three or four other trucks full of guys,” he said.

Bacani, in 50 pounds of body armor, had the mine sweeper.

“So we found the IED,” he shared, “and five minutes after that, I first heard the clack from a rifle. And I was just like, ‘Oh, God. I know what that sound means.’”

Bacani didn’t even have time to look back at his friend, Spc. Jesus Bustamante, who was also on foot.

“I was trying to find out where the sniper was shooting from,” he said.

“And as soon as I figured it out, I got shot.”

He was shot in the tailbone and the bullet came out of his pelvis “as if the strongest person on the planet really hates your guts, and he got this sledgehammer from a blacksmith oven and took all his might and whacked you right on your ass,” he confided.

Bacani tried to take cover, but he collapsed on the open road, all sense in his right leg gone.

He was an open target.

“I was just lying there, feeling this 140-degree sun, in full battle rattle,” he remembered.

“And I was just like, ‘I guess this is where I may die.’”

After playing dead, he cursed at the top of his lungs so his sergeant would know he was still alive.

Bustamante had been shot twice — once in the knee and once in the rib, the bullet tearing through most of his vital organs and leaving him near death.

Still, Bustamante “had this grenade launcher, the M203, and he fired rounds into the building. I think he saved both of us that day,” Bacani pointed out.

Bacani thought they were on the ground for 30 minutes — “a reasonable time” — before they were rescued and loaded into a Humvee and eventually flown to the Green Zone for emergency surgery.

Unable to walk, Bacani was flown to Walter Reed, where he underwent intense rehab.

It took him six months to walk without assistance, and still he wanted to go back to Iraq.

He thought constantly of the many friends he had lost while serving there.

In fact, two months before Bacani was shot, he had lost his roommate and best friend, Pfc. Darrell W. Shipp, who had become an older brother to him.

On April 6, 2007, Bacani received The Purple Heart, awarded to US servicemembers wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy; it is one of the most recognized and respected military decorations.

He also received the Combat Action Badge, which is awarded for actively engaging, or being engaged by, enemy forces.

On hand to see him receive his decorations were his Ilocos Sur-born parents Norberto and Rosita, and his sister Jackie.

“I can’t tell you how much it means to me that he has come home,” Jackie said in a past interview. “He’s one of the lucky ones.”

Jacquie said that during Bacani’s deployment, she and her parents got on their knees and prayed for her brother’s safety every night.

“I know that not a lot of people are able to come home, and I’m just so grateful,” Jackie said.

Today, Bacani still suffers from “intermittent and shocking nerve pain” that lasts about two minutes, according to the Post.

He has aching muscle pain every day and expects to have it for the rest of his life.

He wears three KIA memorial bracelets — one each for his closest friends who perished in Iraq.

“This is not everybody I’ve lost,” he said.

On each of their birthdays, he said to himself: “I’m living your life. I’ll take over from here.”

On Aug. 18, he enrolled at Columbia University, which has a long history of recruiting veterans and providing financial aid.

This past May, 145 veterans graduated from the university.

“I’m so happy I’m here,” Bacani said. “I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I just went to community college.”

He finds it ironic to now be in New York, “because after I got out of the Army, I just wanted peace and quiet,” he says.

“But moving to New York — I feel like I’m reborn. I have all these opportunities in front of me.”

He’s majoring in psychology and plans to go into PTSD treatment and research.

He still feels guilty he’s here and not in Iraq.

“People are always telling me that I did enough, that I don’t have to go back,” he said.

He’s proud of this new memorial and his place in it, but he worries that people might see it and feel something, then go on about their lives without realizing how much help veterans need.

When asked if he thought his picture at the memorial was a window to his soul, Bacani said, “I hope so and I hope people can see beyond the wheelchair that there’s still a young man in there with many more years left to live, to make something out of himself.” —Filipino Reporter

Low-income Pinoys in LA get assistance

As Filipino American History Month comes to a close, the Pilipino Workers’ Center (PWC) has continued its outreach to Filipino-Americans and Latinos, based at Historic Filipinotown (Hi-Fi), considered to be in absolute poverty.

Household income in this neighborhood is lower than the threshold established by the Census of minimal standard of living for the composition of the household.
Dondi Mangan, service recipient, learns about the Changes Program from staff Teresita Mercado. PWC Executive Director Aqui Versoza (standing) guides the briefing. Photo by Tet Valdez/The FilAm LA
“There is a myth that persists about Filipinos and Asians as ‘model minority,’ thus hindi natin kailangan ng tulong sa gobyerno (a model minority myth promotes the idea that Filipinos and Asian do not need government assistance),” PWC Executive Director Aqui Versoza told TheFilamLA.

Versoza cited census results stating that: “5.4% of Filipino Americans are in absolute poverty (Jerry Park, on “Asians and The Model Minority”).

She said a couple of the current projects that is available to low-income residents of Hi-Fi is “TEAM” and “Changes.” A good number of those in poverty are seniors, relying solely on their Social Security payments.

“Limited ang pag-intinde ng mga seniors natin tungkol sa mga tulong na para sa kanila tulad ng assistance sa utilities like phones, gas, water. Complicated kasi ang mga brochures or representatives cannot clearly explain in plain English their utilities’ program (Our seniors have limited understanding of certain assistances in utilities),” she said.

Versoza said this year, PWC has given workshops and direct assistances to some 1,500 clients at the Larry Itliong Village (where the PWC has an office), churches and community halls on Changes and TEAM projects. Through these projects, clients receive information about requesting their utility companies such as Edison, Southern California Gas , Department of Water and Power to install SMART meters in their homes or to help manage their bills; or for cell phone users to avoid unnecessary phone features such as three-way calling.

“When the clients come to our offices, they can sign in for us to become their advocates with the utilities company,” said Versoza. “We have Tagalog-speaking advocates who can call the utility companies. Tinutulungan naming sila na tumawag sa mga kumpanya para ma-check ang power or water meter nila. Maaari nilang dalhin ang bill nila sa kuryente o tubig at susuriin naming bakit biglang tumaas ang bayad nila.”

Teresita Mercado, a PWC staff and a former teacher from Manila, knows the difficulty posed by high bills on low income Filipino clients.

She said, “Minsan ang pambayad nila sa pagkain ay napupunta sa cell phones or phone cards that they use to call their families long distance in the Philippines.”

Dondi Mangan who immigrated in 2001 told TheFilamLa that his cell phone bill was reduced significantly after a PWC staff assisted him in getting a better plan.

“Lumiit ang bill ko at nagkaraoon pa ako ng better plan data with unlimited minutes and text,” he said.

He now volunteers at the PWC to pick up food at the Food Bank to distribute to his low-income compatriots.

“I have shared my experience with my friends; I hope this reaches others to learn more about these programs.” —The FilAm LA

Pinay hotel manager among nominees for Singaporean tourism award

Years of working overseas had finally paid off for a Filipina manager at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Singapore, after she was nominated for a customer service award.

Sheila Marie Tan Benzon is the only Filipino nominee for the Customer Service-Hotel category of The Singapore Experience Award 2014, the sixth inception of the Singapore Tourism Board event.

The category recognizes the excellence in customer service by individuals in various fields. It was previously only open to taxi-provider services, according to the Singapore Tourism Board.

Some reviews on, a tourism review site, have good words for Benzon, describing her as a helpful and reasonable employee.

In a questionnaire, Benzon cited several incidents where she lived her motto of "pursuing excellence beyond expectations."

One notable incident had her visiting a Mexican guest who had been hospitalized due to sudden illness instead of attending an awards ceremony.

The guest's son was so moved by her gesture that he wrote about her in a piece called "Cliente de por vida" (Customer for Life!) for El Norte, a daily newspaper in Mexico.

Another incident found her acting as a marriage counselor for a couple on the verge of separation.

She managed to help them work through their issues and surprised them with a care package the next day reminding them of their familial ties.

Benzon believes that "an extraordinary attitude" is needed to land "an extraordinary job."

She said her past experiences of peddling her resume to various hotels and house-cleaning jobs for money turned "excellence" into a daily habit.

"You don't need an extraordinary IQ to land an extraordinary job. What is needed is an extraordinary attitude. It will empower you to turn extraordinary things into something extraordinary," she said.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Benzon started work at the Ritz-Carlton in April 2012 as a Front Office Supervisor before getting bumped up to a manegerial position in November 2013. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

Pinoys urged to leave Ebola-hit West Africa

The Philippines on Thursday urged hundreds of its citizens to leave Ebola-hit west African nations, as it announced anyone who returned would be placed under a 21-day quarantine.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the government had made a "voluntary repatriation" call to about 900 workers in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

He told a local television network that President Benigno Aquino III had also ordered those who did return would have to be isolated in a government facility.

"The president has asked us to come down with a ruling, anyone coming from those countries, they must undergo a 21-day quarantine," del Rosario said.

With 10 million Filipinos working abroad, the country is "very vulnerable" amid the outbreak of the killer disease, del Rosario said.

More than 100 Filipino peacekeepers who will be pulled from Liberia next month because of Ebola fears will also be quarantined in a military facility, health department spokesman Lyndon Lee Suy told AFP.

Some US authorities have recently ordered quarantines, which have proved highly controversial amid concerns over potential human rights violations and whether they could have unintended, harmful consequences.

The health department this week started training 130 doctors, nurses and medical workers from government hospitals to handle possible Ebola cases.

Close to 300 others from private hospitals and local government offices will be trained in the coming weeks, according to Lee Suy.

At least 20 government hospitals were designated as Ebola referral and treatment centres, including three in the capital, Lee Suy said.

An entire hospital in the southern suburbs that specialises in infectious diseases and animal bites may be designated as an Ebola centre should there be a large number of infections, he said.

"We can't say whether or not we're prepared because that's subjective, but we are in a better position to address the problem," he said.

Before the president ordered forced quarantines, 126 Filipinos who returned home from the three west African countries were "monitored" by the health department from their homes, according to Lee Suy.

Twelve of the 126 developed fever within the 21-day quarantine period but later tested negative for Ebola, he said.

The Ebola outbreak that has been ravaging west Africa has claimed 4,922 lives, according to the World Health Organization.

The rate of infections in hard-hit Liberia appears to have slowed, the WHO said on Wednesday, but it warned the crisis was not over. —Agence France-Presse

UAE cabbie cleared of kidnap and rape try on Pinay

A United Arab Emirates (UAE) court has cleared a taxi driver of charges he abducted and tried to rape a Filipina waitress earlier this year, a UAE news site reported Thursday.

The Court of First Instance acquitted the taxi driver of kidnapping, attempted rape, and making criminal threats, Khaleej Times reported.

Court records showed the incident occurred last April 2, where the Pakistani driver, 34, was accused of driving the Filipina, 24, to a sandy area in Nad Al Sheba. He allegedly threatened her that he would assault and kill her if she did not strip.

The Filipina recounted that on the day of the incident, the driver had picked her up in Al Rafaa area and was asked to take her home.

"(H)e took another direction and did not start the meter. I asked him why he took that way and he told me to keep quiet," the Filipina said in the prosecution investigation.

When the Filipina said she kept talking, the driver allegedly shouted at her and kept her from using her mobile phone, then took out an iron rod.

But when she asked him to stop at a gas station so she could get off the cab, the driver kept driving until he reached a sandy area and told her to remove her clothes.

When she refused, she said the driver "threatened he would kill me if I did not do as he wanted."

"I asked him again for water and I got off the car the moment he got distracted looking for a water bottle for me,” she said, adding the Pakistani then drove away. —Joel Locsin/KBK, GMA News

Thursday, October 30, 2014

OFW groups seek TRO vs integrated terminal fee

MANILA – Overseas Filipino workers' groups and advocates have filed a petition before a local court seeking to stop the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) from implementing the integrated terminal fee in all airline tickets starting November 1.
The groups, led by OFW Family Partylist Rep. Roy Señeres, filed the complaint before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court on Tuesday.
Señeres said the MIAA Memorandum Circular (MC) 08, Series of 2014, would violate a 19-year-old law that grants benefits to millions of OFWs.
The petition named Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and MIAA General Manager Angel Honrado as respondents.
"For OFWs, taking away this benefit through a memorandum circular without the benefit of consultations while citing how the IPSC (International Passenger Service Charge) is such an emotional issue to government betrays the spirit of the law and the intention of our legislators," Señeres said.
The Memorandum Circular was supposed to have been implemented last October 1 but was moved to November 1. The circular mandates airline and travel agencies to integrate the terminal fee of P550 in the price of airline tickets for all international passengers, including OFWs.
With the integration policy, migrant workers who buy tickets online or whose employers send them e-tickets will be forced to pay the P550 terminal fee despite an exemption that has been in effect for years.
Under the MIAA circular, OFWs with tickets bought overseas or online would have to line up at the international airport upon their return to claim a refund for the terminal fee after filling up a form and upon submission of certain documents.
"The refund will not in any way cure a consummated violation of the law as it would already be a fait accompli. A mere circular cannot amend or disregard a clear provision of the law," he added.
The #Noto550 Coalition composed of different OFW groups have earlier appealed to President Aquino to direct MIAA to respect the law, and to shelve MC No. 8 until such time when a system can be developed in partnership with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Department of Foreign Affairs that enables such integration to push through without prejudice to the existing exemptions meant for OFWs.
The other members of the #noto550 Coalition are the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, Gemma Comiso of PinoyExpats/OFW Blog Awards, Engrs. Nelson Ramirez and Bienvenido Lorque of United Filipino Seafarers, Carmelita Nuqui of Philippine Migrants' Rights Watch, Ellene Sana of Center for Migrant Advocacy, Loreto Soriano of the LBS Recruitment, Elso Cabangon and Rashid Fabricante of Filipino Migrant Workers Group, Sis. Teresa Evasco of Daughters of Charity Migrants Desk, Luther Calderon of KAMPI, Ma. Fe Nicodemus of KAKAMMPI, Patrick Itao and Abby Platero of the Office of Senator Cynthia A. Villar.

Senate probe looms over airport terminal fee integration

October 29, 2014 2:05pm

Groups contesting the integration of terminal fee with airplane tickets have found an ally in Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who agreed with the argument that the new scheme violates the law exempting migrant workers from paying terminal fee.

In a statement Wednesday, Pimentel said the new scheme, to be implemented by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) starting November 1, should be scrapped as it is “illogical, legally questionable, and extremely unfair” to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

He said the scheme particularly violates Republic Act 8042 as amended by RA 10022, which mandates the exemption of migrant workers from the payment of travel tax, documentary stamp and airport fee upon proper showing of the overseas employment certificate (OEC) issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

Pimentel said he will be filing a resolution seeking a Senate inquiry on Memorandum Circular No. 08 to be implemented by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the MIAA.

Under the memorandum circular, terminal fees otherwise known as “international passenger service charge” (IPSC) amounting to P550 per passenger will be integrated in all air tickets, subject to remittance to MIAA by international airlines.

The OFWs who purchase their tickets in the Philippines will be able to claim their exemption by showing their OEC.

However, for tickets that OFWs will purchase online and outside the country, the IPSC will be collected by default subject to refund by returning OFWs upon presentation of their OECs at the airport's designated counters or through the MIAA office.

MIAA said this scheme would ease congestion in airports, but Pimentel said this is unlikely to happen.

“Removing the terminal fee counters at the airport will not ease congestion because you will have another line where our modern-day heroes need to line up to refund a fee that they are legally exempted from paying,” he said.

Baldoz vs. integration

The senator said this is also the position of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz in her letter to DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya, which the DOTC received on October 7, 2014.

Pimentel said Baldoz believes that while there is a refund scheme the MIAA has put in place for terminal fees to be integrated into the airline tickets, OFWs should be continuously and automatically exempted from paying the IPSC even for tickets purchased abroad or via online.

He said Pimentel's position is clear — MIAA and the DOTC should undertake all the necessary preparations and systems to ensure the continued automatic exemption of OFWs from payment of terminal fee and other fees provided by existing laws.

“We cannot have two major departments at odds with each other over the collection of terminal fees by airline companies,” Pimentel said.

“By default, this scheme will deprive our OFWs of a benefit that they have been enjoying since 1995, when the Migrant Workers' Act was passed. While we favor moves to ease the congestion in our airport terminals, existing laws must be respected,” he added.

The senator further said that airline companies should not be caught in between such differences in opinion between the DOTC and DOLE.

“Let's resolve these issues by hearing all sides, and agreeing on a common interpretation of what the law actually says,” Pimentel, a Bar topnotcher, said.

He said they will question the DOTC and MIAA on why they continue to insist on a November 1 implementation of the IPSC scheme even after getting Baldoz's position on the matter. —KBK, GMA News

What is Balik-Manggagawa (BM) Online Processing System ?


What is 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,   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 above-mentioned requirements for online processing?
BM workers who do not meet the said criteria are    advised to still access the BM Online Processing System for them to avail of 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 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 jobsite and have previous OEC but the System still redirects me to 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 to OFW, Student to OFW, etc.)
  • Change  employer and/or jobsite
  • Watchlisted worker and/or OFW with watchlisted employer
  • OFW returning to restricted or non-compliant country
  • Seabased to Landbased Worker
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 still be honored as exit clearance and for all existing exemptions like travel tax,   terminal fee and documentary stamp.

Can I request for 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 for 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 just 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 the criteria are met. 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 single exit.


How do I sign up for BM Online Processing System?
Steps for BM Online Processing:
1.Go to the direct link or go to POEA official and click BM Online
2. Fill out all the fields under New User?
3. Click and accept the “Terms of Service
4. Click Sign Me Up
4.1. 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 confirmed.
4.2. 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 sign up 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 confirm 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 strong?
When you create a new password, make sure that it's at least 6 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 together uppercase and lowercase letters or making the password longer. The password you create should be easy for you to remember but hard for someone else to figure out.

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 or phone  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 from the same page. To log in, just 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 record and  latest 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 printing of your electronic OEC.

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

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 edit 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 proceed to next step 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 through  Banks
2. Over-the-counter through  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 thru 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 POEA office?
No. You just 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 POEA Labor Assistance Center (LAC) for re-validation of my OEC?
Yes,  meantime since we are still under 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 later since the information of those whose OECs are processed online are automatically shared with the Bureau of Immigration.

If I have more inquiries or questions, how can I contact you?

Please email us at or  or call  (BMPD) 02-7210785 or (ICT) 02-7219496 / 02-7277778
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