Bishop lauds POEA decision on ‘exit clearance’

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MANILA, April 20, 2015–A Catholic bishop welcomed a recent decision of the Philippine Overseas and Employment Administration (POEA) regarding the issuance of overseas employment certificate (OEC) or exit clearance.

Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the CBCP’s Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, appreciated the lifting of mandatory payments for PhilHealth and PagIBIG insurance collections as requisite in the issuance of OECs for overseas Filipino workers.

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos (Photo: CNA)

“The Church is grateful and appreciate the kind gestures of POEA for lifting of mandatory payments of PhilHealth and PagIBIG for the issuance of OECs,” Santos said.

Under POEA Advisory 6-2015, the agency has separated premium payments for PhilHealth and PagIBIG with the issuance of exit clearance starting April 1.

“This shows the compassion of our labor officials to our dedicated and devoted OFWs. Our Church is one with them to protect and provide what is best and beneficial to our OFWs especially in this time of dire need,” Santos said.

OEC is a requirement under POEA rules and regulations to help ensure that OFWs are properly documented and protected.

It is also required to be presented to international ports of exit in the Philippines as proof that the holder is a bona fide OFW. (CBCPNews)

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