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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

Excellence in governance for world-class Filipino migrant workers

POEA connects to the world and in partnership with all stakeholders, facilitates the generation and preservation of decent jobs for Filipino migrant workers, promotes their protection and advocates their smooth reintegration into Philippine society.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) tasked to manage the country's labor migration program. It was created in 1982 by virtue of Executive Order No. 797 which integrated the functions of the then Overseas Employment Development Board (OEDB), National Seamen's Board (NSB), and Bureau of Employment Services. In July 1987, Executive Order No. 247 reorganized the POEA structure, rationalized its functions and systematized Its operations. Republic Act No. 8042, known as the Migrant Workers Act of 1995, instituted in the overseas employment program policies such as tripartism, full disclosure, deregulation, selective deployment and shared information system. In 2007, Republic Act 9422 reinforced the regulatory function of the POEA and reaffirmed the rights and protection of Filipino migrant workers as human beings. Republic Act No. 10022 amended RA 8042 to further improve the standard of protection and promotion of the welfare of migrant workers, their families, and overseas Filipinos in distress.

At the top of the POEA structural organization is the Governing Board, the policy making body, chaired by the Secretary of Labor and Employment. The POEA Administrator is vice-chair with representatives from the private sector, women, land-based workers and sea-based workers, as members. The POEA is headed by the Administrator and is responsible for the implementation of POEA policies, programs, activities, rules and regulations. Assisting the Administrator are three (3) Deputy Administrators: one each for Welfare and Employment; Licensing and Adjudication and Management Services. The internal structure has four principal subdivisions headed by a Director namely: Licensing and Regulation Office; Pre-Employment Services Office; Welfare and Employment Office; and Adjudication Office. The field offices are known as the POEA Regional Centers and Regional Extension Units. These components coordinate and give direction to the employment promotion, worker protection and recruitment regulation functions and assist in the implementation of POEA programs/activities outside Metro Manila.

Industry Regulation · Issues license to engage in overseas recruitment and manning to private recruitment agencies and ship manning companies · Hears and arbitrates complaints and cases filed against recruitment and manning agencies, foreign principals and employers, and overseas workers for reported violation of POEA rules and regulations, except for money claims · Implements a system of incentives and penalty for private sector participants · Sets minimum labor standards · Monitors overseas job advertisements on print, radio, television and internet · Supervises the government's program on anti-illegal recruitment · Imposes disciplinary actions on erring employers, workers and seafarers Employment Facilitation · Accredits/registers foreign principals and employers hiring Filipino workers · Approves manpower requests of foreign principals and employers · Evaluates and processes employment contracts · Assists departing workers at the ports of exit · Monitors labor markets and conducts labor market research · Assists in negotiating with labor-receiving countries for better terms and conditions of employment of Filipino workers · Facilitates the deployment of workers hired through government-to government arrangement · Provides a system of worker's registry Worker's Protection · Intensifies public education and information campaign · Conducts pre-employment orientation and anti-illegal recruitment seminars nationwide · Forges MOAs with LGUs on AIR · Provides legal assistance to victims of illegal recruitment · Maintains a database of workers documented by POEA · Prepares OFW global mapping and profiling · Implements gender-sensitive programs · Networks with other government agencies, non-government organizations, workers’ organizations, etc. · Provides repatriation assistance General Administrative and Support Services · Human Resource Development · Property and Supplies Management · Financial Management · Information and Communication Technology · Plans and Policy Development · Quality Management System CLIENTELE Some 3,000 clients are served by the POEA main office daily. The overseas Filipino workers, representatives of POEA-licensed entities. foreign employers. applicant-workers. members of the NGOs, the media, and personnel from other government agencies constitute the POEA public.