How to Get OEC Online – Balik-Manggagawa (BM) Online 2018

The Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC is a valuable document issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) returning to the country of employment or so-called “Balik-Manggagawa“. It serves as an exit pass of OFWs in the Philippines required to be presented to international airports.

To expedite the process of obtaining OEC in any POEA Regional Offices in the Philippines, the Balik-Manggagawa Online Processing System was created. These are the main functions of this online system:

  • For New OFWs, it allows them to register as a new user and set an appointment to visit the POEA office to get OEC.
  • For Already Registered Users, it allows them to get (or print) OEC and pay of it online. Moreover, the system will assess if a certain OFW is privileged to be included in OEC Exemption.

How to Get OEC Online - Balik-Manggagawa BM Online

In order for you to understand the entire process, this guide on how to get OEC Online or Balik-Mangagawa (BM) Online is separated into 2 parts. The first part is for the first time applicants and second is for already registered users.

If this is your first time to process your OEC Online, simply follow the steps below. If you already got OEC before and already got a BMOnline account, proceed to the second guide below.

Furthermore, if you previously got your OEC but have not registered in BMOnline, don’t miss to read the next blue box same as this.

How to Get OEC Online For First Time Applicants (Balik-Manggagawa Online Registration and Appointment)

1. Register to BMOnline

Step 1 - Register to BMOnline

Go to the POEA Balik-Manggagawa Online Processing System – Register as a new user by filling up the second form with your essential information, mark check the  I ACCEPT THE TERMS OF SERVICE, click the Accept Button in the Terms of Service, then click the Sign Me Up button. You can refer to the screenshot above.

2. Activate Account

Step 2 - Activate Account

Log-in to your email and open the one sent by POEA BM Online Registration. To activate your account, simply click the Confirmation Link on the email. You will then be redirected back to the BMOnline website.

3. Log-in to Your Account

Step 3 - Log-in to Your Account

In the Already Registered? form, enter your Email Address and Password in the corresponding fields. Then, click Login button.

4. Begin Setting Up Appointment

Step 4 - Begin Setting Up Appointment

A pop-up box will appear asking you to Enter the Last Issued OEC Number. Since this is your new account, below the box is the CLICK HERE to set an appointment. Click that one to perform the transaction.

If got an OEC previously, you can enter your OEC Number on the pop-up box. After entering your number, another confirmation box will appear. Asking “Are you returning to the same EMPLOYER and JOBSITE?” with your previous Employer and Jobsite displayed below it. Just click YES or NO. If NO, the system will continue with the appointment and if YES, the system will assess the next steps.

5. Update Your Information

Step 5 - Update Your Information

A (1)Personal Data Form will appear which you have to fill-up the required fields marked with asterisk (*). Leaving it blank will make you unable to proceed to the next step. Click on Save Changes button and another form will appear which is the (2)Contract Participants Form followed by (3)Legal Beneficiaries or Qualified Dependents Form. Make sure to upload your Photo. Then, click on the green Acquire OEC or Exemption button to proceed.

Green Acquire OEC or Exemption

You can always click on the Edit button on right side corner of every form if you want to perform any changes. Moreover, click on the +Add Beneficiary button whenever you want to add another beneficiary.

6. Flight Schedule

Step 6 - Flight Schedule

A pop-up box will appear asking you to enter your expected flight schedule. The format is MM/DD/YYYY. Then, click on the Submit button below it. This is your flight schedule GOING BACK to the country of employment (ex. HongKong, Japan, Saudi Arabia, etc.).

Important Reminders:

  1. Make sure you have a valid work visa/work permit and passport valid at least six(6) months from your intended departure.
  2. Your departure must be within 60 days from the issuance of your OEC.
  3. The OEC/Exemption is intended for single exit only. You have to use the BM Online system prior to your departure.

7. Select Location of POEA Office to Visit


Step 7 - Select Location of POEA Office to Visit

In this step, you will be selecting the desired location of any POEA Office to visit in the Philippines. First, select POEA Office (Philippines) and click Next button. Second, select a branch closest to your area and click the Next button to proceed. Third, set an appointment date on the electronic calendar. Simply choose the desired time and day of appointment.

A pop-up box will appear displaying the Schedule Details. Click on Set Appointment button to finalize your appointment.

8. Print Appointment Sheet

Step 8 - Print Appointment Sheet

After clicking the Set Appointment Button, a new window will appear. It is your Balik-Manggagawa Information Sheet as a result of your application. Click on the Print Appointment button at upper right corner of the window to print the form.

Moreover, you can always view the appointment form on My Transactions Menu then choose Appointment Tab.

BMOnline Information Sheet

BMOnline Information Sheet


Upon going to the POEA Office on your appoitment date, bring the following requirements:

  1. Printed copy of the Balik-Manggagawa Information Sheet.
  2. Original and photocopy of passport.
  3. Original and photocopy of valid work visa/work permit.
  4. Original and photocopy of contract.


How to Get OEC Online for Already Registered Users

  1. Log-in to your account on BMOnline.
  2. Update any necessary information on your Personal Data, Contract Participants and Legal Beneficiaries or Qualified Dependents Forms.
  3. Click on the green NEXT STEP button to process your OEC Online.
  4. Enter your expected flight schedule. Then click on the Submit button.
  5. Confirm if you are returning to the same Employer and Jobsite by clicking on the YES button. Else, click the Set Appointment Button to set an appointment in the nearest POEA Office.
  6. Given you have chosen the YES Button since you are returning to the same Employer and Jobsite, a confirmation box will appear that the information you have provided are true and correct. Click on the Acquire OEC Button to proceed.
  7. Pay for your OEC Online. You’ll be given 4 options which are payments though Banks Over the Counter, Banks Online, Mobile Payment and Non Banks Over the Counter. Choose the most convenient payment option for you. Full instructions will be given upon choosing the desired option.
  8. After a successful payment transaction, go back to your BMOnline Account, go to My Transactions Menu to view and print your OEC.

When you process your OEC Online, you need to print at least 4 copies of it.

  • 1 copy for the airline
  • 1 copy for the Labor Assistance Center (LAC) Counter
  • 1 copy for the Terminal Fee Counter
  • 1 copy to be presented to the Immigration Counter

The OEC is valid only for 60 days so your departure must be within these days. Furthermore, it can only be used for 1 exit in the Philippines.

That was the step by step guide on How to Get OEC Online – Balik-Manggagawa (BM) Online for 2018. If you have any questions, do let us know in comment section.

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