Some OFW facts regarding vacationing with an exit clearance benefit. 🙂
Vacationing OFWs are also called Balik-Manggagawa
WHAT IS AN EXIT CLEARANCE
The exit clearance come in the form of an E-Receipt (electronic receipt) or an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) certifying to the regularity of a workers recruitment and documentation and ensures exemption from travel tax and airport terminal fee. It is presented at the POEA Labor Assistance Center (LAC) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) counter at the airports, prior to departure.
The E-Receipt or OEC serves as the worker’s guarantee that he/she is covered by government protection and benefits.
Who are considered Balik-Manggagawa?
A balik-manggagawa or a worker-on leave refers to an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who is on vacation or on leave and is returning to the same employer.
Use of exit clearance
Having an exit clearance is proof that the worker has undergone the legal and right procedure of overseas employment. Being a registered OFW, the worker is accorded the full protection and benefits from government institutions while he is working abroad and upon his return to the Philippines.
It also exempts the OFW from payment of travel tax and airport terminal fee.
A POEA OFW Overseas Exit Clearance can be requested for door-to-door delivery through the POEA Balik Manggagawa OEC Express Delivery service