While processing his OEC, my brother and I have been going back and forth to Golden Horizon Agency in Novaliches this past few weeks. We were there five times, and for our first two trips, our Grab and Uber drivers were able to find the exact location. For our succeeding trips however, Waze is sending us to this location:
The above, as shown in Google Maps is incorrect. The correct location of Golden Horizon is:
It is just along Quirino Highway, fronting a vacant lot and is a few meters away from a Shell gas station. If you are coming from Commonwealth, turn left from from the LTO building, you will pass by a footbridge and the office shouldn’t be far from there.
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.
The OFW ID is supposed to replace the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) which serves as a legal exit paper for Filipinos who are working abroad. Based from the POEA’s press release in June, the OFW ID is meant to be implemented mid-July 2017. It turns out that the agency is not yet fully prepared with the process, and as of August 2017, the latest advisory as published in the POEA website is:
PAGLILINAW TUNGKOL SA OFW ID
• Hindi pa po nagbibigay ng OFW ID sa ngayon. Hindi pa po tapos ang guidelines tungkol dito
• Habang wala pa ang ID, sa bmonline.ph pa rin po ang exemption o appointment para sa OEC ng mga balik-manggagawa
• Hintayin po ang mga susunod na announcement para sa tamang proseso ng pagkuha ng ID ng mga OFW
UPDATE: The OFW ID is now available, and can be obtained online. Simply login to https://idole.dole.gov.ph/ and follow the steps from the website.