As of November 2016, direct hiring of Filipino workers by a foreign employer is no longer allowed by the Philippine Government. You will need to seek the assistance of a POEA-accredited agency to process your Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC, unless you qualify under the below exemptions.
Per the advisory released by POEA dated April 26, 2018:
“Pursuant to DOLE Administrative Order No. 196, Series of 2018, in relation to Article 18 of the Labor Code of the Philippines (Ban on Direct Hiring], Republic Act10022, and the Revised Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Landbased Overseas Filipino Workers of 2016. while observing the fundamental principle of deployment of workers only to countries with certiﬁcation as compliant destination for our workers, the following guidelines shall govern the registration of Direct-Hire OFWs by this Administration.
No employer shall directly hire an overseas Filipino worker for overseas employment. The following, however, are exempted from the ban:
a. Members of the diplomatic corps;
b. International organizations;
c. Heads of state and government ofﬁcials with the rank of at least deputy minister; or
d. Other employers as may be allowed by the Administration, such as:
- Those provided in a., b., and c. above who bear a lesser rank, if endorsed by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), or Head of Mission in the absence of the POLO;
- Professionals and skilled workers with duly executed veriﬁed/authenticated contracts containing terms and conditions over and above the standards set by the POEA. The number of professionals and skilled OFWs hired for the first time by the employer shall not exceed five (5). For the purpose of determining the number, workers hired as a group shall be counted as one; or
- Workers hired by a relative/family member who is a permanent resident of the host country, except domestic workers (Iive-in caregiver/care worker or household service workers).”
Read the full memorandum which includes the list of documentary requirements for exempted applicants in this link: http://www.poea.gov.ph/memorandumcirculars/2018/MC-08-2018.pdf
This means that if you do not qualify under any of the above conditions, you may need to seek the assistance of an agency to process your Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC. This way, the employment will no longer be technically considered as direct-hiring since it will go through an agency.
Bring your complete documents to an agency so that they can discuss the process with you. Depending on the circumstances of your application, the processing may take as short as two weeks, or up to three months.
Make sure that the agency is accredited. For the complete list of POEA-certified agencies, visit http://poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/aglist.asp.