Advisory on the Suspension of the Issuance of OEC

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through Department Order No. 185, series of 2017, suspends the issuance of Overseas Employment Certificate for land-based OFWs including direct hire workers. The DOLE will conduct investigation on the pernicious activities of illegal recruiters preying on Filipinos desiring to work overseas.


The suspension shall be effective for fifteen (15) days from 13 November to 1 December 2017 subject to extension as may be determined by the DOLE.


Those excluded from the suspension are the following OFWs, as per POEA Memorandum Circular No. 10, series of 2017:


     1)Workers hired by International Organizations and members of the diplomatic corps including royal families;


2)Seafarers hired by manning agencies;


      3)returning workers or balik manggagawa; and


4)Government hired workers.