Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday cut the ribbon signaling the opening to the public of a bigger facility for the processing of overseas employment certificates (OECs) for returning OFWs, or balik-manggagawa.

The new and bigger OEC processing facility is located at the 5th Floor of SM Manila along Arroceros Street near the Manila City Hall.

“I appreciate the POEA’s effort since August last year to process and issue OECs at the SM Manila’s Global Pinoy Center and I am very grateful to SM Manila management for accommodating this brand of DOLE’s public service”, said Baldoz.

The new site is a huge place newly constructed and refurnished by the SM Manila management. It is provided with 10 counters, computers, chairs, waiting area for at least 100 persons, internet connection, and other furniture, all free of charge.

Since the start of operation of the OEC processing center, it has issued OECs to more than 16,000 OFWs or balik-manggagawa. Other OECs processing centers in malls are located in SM Pampanga, Duty Free Philippines, and Trinoma Mall, Quezon City. More than 70,000 OFWs have been served by these processing centers.

The OEC Processing in SM Pampanga will also be provided by SM Management with a bigger site, complete with all the facilities, construction of which starts January 2014.
Baldoz said the OEC processing centers that the POEA has brought out of its central offices bring more convenience and comfort to OFWs.
“It also saves them money and time, considering that may OFWs are here only on a short vacation. Time saved by them on processing personal employment documents is time freed for them to spend with their loved ones,” Baldoz said.

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