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POEA mandates all workers to register at to secure OEC or OEC Exemption. Those who have previously registered must go through the website for necessary updates on their personal data, employment and travel details every time they are on vacation in the Philippines.

Important reminders:

  • Refer to for details on how to secure the OFW e-CARD
  • Passport should be valid for not less than 6 months from departure date. For renewal appointment requirements, refer to
  • Update your OWWA Welfarefund Membership every two years before it falls due
  • Update your SSS, Philhealth and PAGIBIG membership annually

Should you need any assistance, you may contact IPAMS Employee Relations at 234.5640 or email us at