OEC is a document every Filipino working abroad need to secure in order to leave PH airport and save from paying travel tax and terminal fee. While I considered this document useless in serving it’s primary purpose in preventing human trafficking, saving 2,000+ PHP every time I return to Manila is a just compensation for going to embassy every time.
I have countless number of frustrating experiences getting this f**** document. I was once missed my flight because the OEC I got for NAIA 3 was not found or encoded in the Immigration, after 1hr of waiting in Immig line, I just have to fall in line again on another line. IM officer simply says, “sorry your OEC was not encoded”. When getting this from KL Embassy, you will be given 3 forms with same information to fill in only to be told, they only need one. You cannot get multiple exit OEC in embassy and you have to used up 1 day of your valuable holiday to get this OEC from regional office. I am just lucky I have flexible work schedule and I can take LRT to KL embassy
POEA Administrator Hans Cleo Cacdac claims: “With the new system, a returning OFW can now apply online for the OEC and have the approved OEC printed by him/her anywhere, anytime. With the existing database sharing with the Bureau of Immigration, the updated information of OFWs who have successfully secured their OEC using the system will be automatically shared with the Bureau. This facilitates the validation by the immigration officers at the airport of the OEC being presented by the bearer,”So as soon as I have read this new system, I immediately signed up and try out. I am an OFW based in Kuala Lumpur and I usually return to Manila every 3 months and even more frequent when it’s official business.
Oh well, I’m impressed with the overall design! It’s simple and intuitive. However, the main function did not work as I expected. I was asked for latest OEC number that I have and it says OEC “Record not found!!!”. My last departure date was Sep 7 2014 and I tried all combinations, maybe I am doing it wrong. I stopped after few tries and instead wrote this email to POEA: