Dear Madam Secretary,

I am one of the millions of OFWs that regularly comes home - I take more than 5 trips a year to go back to the Philippines.

My issue is that everytime I come home, I will need to go to the POEA office to process my OEC ( and pay PHP100.00 ) and go through all those cumbersome process. I regularly pay my ANNUAL OWWA medicare and membership fees and that is no problem for me.

I am not the only one who has observed that this process of paying for the OEC is not working. It is very cumbersome for someone who gets a limited number of days to be with the family. I get in contact with a lot of OFWs and we all have the same issues.

I have started to get an e mail campaign among us OFWs to demand the your office to come up with a better system for this OEC processing as it does not help the people whom you fondly called " mga bagong bayani".

Here is what I proposed as alternative options:

1. Make the OEC payment a one time payment for each year. Example, if I go home 6 times a year, I will pay 600 pesos and the POEA office will issue me a card showing that it is valid for 6 times ( a card with numbers 1 to 6 stamped on it ) . After I have consumed the 6 payments, then I will need to apply for a new one. Others may opt for 12 or 20 equivalent payments.

Note: We pay medicare and membership fees one time annual payments as well. Why not do the same thing for OECs. Make it a one time payment and make life easier for OFWs like me.

2. Use the E -cards that your office has required every OFW to get - the OPCIB and have a tie up with different banks - so we can just make payments with the banks. Better still, get a tie up with the banks to act as satellite offices that can issue OECs. This will decongest the area of the POEA as well. You should have seen how many people pack that area in the groundfloor during peak seasons - like Christmas, Lenten season ,Chinese New Year , Ramadan season.

3. Do away with a re validation at the airport. We just need to show our E cards ( OPCIB ) and a receipt of the one time payment at the airline counters and they can then stamp our boarding passes and cancel one number ( point 1 above ) on the card that was issued . This will save your office some funds as you will not need to maintain offices/personnel in the airport.

Here are the advantages:

1. You let us - OFWs - enjoy more time with our families. Processing this OECs takes away at least half a day of our vacation time which should be spent together with our loved ones. This is specially true for those OFWs that comes home only every 2 or 4 years and have to take a limited 2 weeks vacation.

2. You contribute to decongesting the metro area . Less people travelling to your office means less traffic.

3. The personnel working at the groundfloor offices and processing the OEC will probably develop a better attitude during transaction. Right now, you will notice that they become irritated when they see all these people lining up at their counters. They can be more productive if they are relaxed.

4. Less people transacting business in the office will mean a more spacious area and you can then probably try and upgrade the area. Probably start with getting more cubicles in the comfort rooms. Or getting the comfort rooms clean and with a steady supply of water and tissue papers. Lesser number of chairs but add a couple more tables so that applicants will have ample spaces to fill up the forms.

5. Less personnel ( which means a cut in operating cost ) that has to be maintained at that office and at the airports.

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