MANILA - Hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) had to endure long, disorderly lines just to get their Overseas Employment Certificates (OECs) validated at the NAIA Terminal 3 on Monday.
OFW Don Michael De Leon said they were told that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) online system has been down since Sunday, New Year's Day, and that they had to get their OECs validated manually.
An OEC is a requirement for an OFW who is returning to work abroad in order to make sure he or she is documented.
To make the situation worse, De Leon said there was only one Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) booth accommodating the large number of OFWs.
The POEA said around 350 passengers were affected on Monday by the problem in their online system.
In a letter, POEA's Tristan Formos of the agency's Labor Assistance Counter asked the Bureau of Immigration to accept OFWs with OECs.