DOLE: POLO validation needed for fully vaccinated returning OFWs

Returning Overseas Filipino Workers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will need to have their vaccination card or certificate validated by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced the directive on Tuesday in compliance with the Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution No. 123-C.

The Department of Labor and Employment established an online portal ( where returning OFWs need to upload their proof of vaccination, valid passport or travel document, and verified employment contract which will be verified by the POLO in their host country.

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration chief Hans Leo Cacdac said the Bureau of Quarantine will issue the POLO-verified certification of full vaccination to the returning OFWs upon their arrival in the Philippines.

“The Bureau of Quarantine will issue the certification upon arrival to the OFW, which will entitle the OFW to a seven-day quarantine stay,” Cacdac told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Ngayon on Tuesday.

When the returning fully vaccinated OFWs travel to their home provinces after completing their seven-day quarantine, Cacdac said the negative swab test result conducted on the fifth day of quarantine will suffice if local officials require such proof.

The IATF said in its Resolution No. 123-C that travelers who have been fully vaccinated overseas against COVID-19 shall undergo shorter quarantine period.

Those who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination abroad and have stayed exclusively within the 57 “green” countries or low-risk ones 14 days prior to their arrival will be subject to a seven-day facility-based quarantine. Passengers must undergo RT-PCR testing on their fifth day under quarantine in an accredited facility, the task force added.

The DOLE Department Order No. 226 also identifies a fully vaccinated OFW as “individuals who received more than or equal to two weeks after having received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in 2-dose series; or more than or equal to two weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine.” – CNN


  1. Jonathan Mahayag

    Good Day!
    Today is April 18th of 2022, I will be going back home for vacation on July 6th. I was so excited perhaps that I tried to arranged my documents such as contract verification and owwa membership renewal in advance. I already paid everything, and so I tried to update my balik mangagawa account and since i will be coming back to the same employer I tried to update my account and tried to check if i will be indeed exempted for an oec. However, upon updating everything I accidentally filled up all the necessary questions until finally i was able to complete and generated an oec exemption. it is way too early to have secured oec at this time and oec have only 60 days validity. Can I still secure another oec on July?

  2. Gerlyn R. Cardinas

    Good day po, hihingi po sana ako ng tulong po. Ganito pa kasi ang nangyari: Bago lang po akong OFW, mahigit isang buwan pa lang po. Nagpaalam po talaga ako ng maayos sa employer ko na bumalik ng agency kasi hindi ko po kaya ang mga rules nila sa bahay po,pinaglilinis po ako ng labas ng bintana na napakataas po na kung madedisgrasya ay patay talaga ang bagsak ko po, yung amo kung babae hindi marunong makontento sa trabaho ko po kahit ginawa ko na po ang lahat kaya nag.desisyon nlang po akong bumalik ng agency,sumang-ayon naman po yung employer ko po ang sabi sa akin ibabalik daw po nila ako sa agency.. nung gabi pagkatapos ko po sinabi sa kanila na balik ako ng agency ay kinulong po nula ako sa isang kwarto na hindi ko alam kung bakit, ang sabi pa ay maghihintay po ako sa resulta ng PCR kasi pina.PCR po nila ako kasi daw po hindi po daw ako tatanggapin ng bago kung employer kung walang PCR. Hindi ako pinakain kasi daw po ginawa ko daw po yun sa sarili ko po kaya daw dapat ko daw maranasan na magutom. Kinuha po nila yung cellphone ko po.Marami pong sinumbat sa akin ang amo kung babae.. kinabukasan ko po pinakuha niya na po ako sa driver nila, ang akala ko po ay dadalhun na nila ako sa agency pero laking gulat ko na lang po na hinatid na nila ako sa airport. Hindi ako sa agency ko po kasi wala nga po akong cellphone dahil kinuha po nila.. Gustong gusto ko po sanang tumawag sa agency ko po dahil hindi ko po gustong umuwi ng pilipinas.. Ano po ba ang dapat kung gawin para naman mabigyan ng justice yung pagka.uwi ko ng pilipinas ng wala sa oras po.. Sana po ay matulungan nyo po ako.. Salamat po

    1. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Author

      Saang banda ka ba? Kung sa Saudi ka please contact below details.

      The current Social Services Attache assigned in Riyadh is Ms. Teresita L. Valentino.
      EMAIL :
      EMAIL :
      DSWD Hotline: +966 557 791 428

      056-989-3301 or 059-298-8747
      011 – 480-1918 (8:00AM – 5:00PM)
      011 – 482-3559 (5:00PM – 8:00AM)

      Emails: – (Pagpapauwi sa Pilipinas ng mga undocumented OFWs), – (Pagpapauwi sa Pilipinas ng mga undocumented OFWs na mayroong medical condition), – (Mayroong police o criminal case), – (Pagpapauwi sa Pilipinas o pagpapalibing ng mga labi ng namatay na OFW), – (Pagpapadala o remittance sa Pilipinas ng end-of-service benefits (ESB) na naigawad na ng employer), – (Blood Money Claims (BMC)

  3. Donna Beth Rodecillas Vecino

    i dont received an email.anf i f i will again to registered.. they rply.. that i have registered alreadY my OEC.. or balik manggagawa…
    kindly help to asses this kind of concern.. thank you…

  4. Ian

    Hello po ma’am/sir,
    Good day.

    I was hired under direct hire in Singapore.
    I have submitted my documents online last May 30.

    I would like to ask if there’s any way and if possible po to come down to your office to expedite my application for appointment?

    My employer is asking me to come Singapore as soon as possible sana as they lack teachers po ngayon.

    Salamat po, sana matugunan ang inquiry ko.

    1. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Author

      For inquiries please call the DMW hotline

  5. Anna Liza Landicho

    Good day ask kolng saan po kaya ang orientation sa monday june 20,22 nk post po wala nmn nkkaalm kc first time lng ng ka orientation

  6. Sheryll ancheta

    Tanong ko lang po yung pag file ng ticket. Yung pagpipilian po ng office bat po wala yung sa ortigas ayun lang po kasi malapit sa amin.


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