PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Phl Embassy in Singapore sets guidelines for OEC processingby Susan G. de Leon
MANILA, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- The Philippine Embassy in Singapore sets guidelines on the imposition of quota on the number of applicants for Overseas Employment Certificates (OEC) during peak periods.
Citing the safety and security of applicants, the Embassy said the quota will apply to the number of OEC applicants received at its office and its OEC extension service at Lucky Plaza on January 15 and 22.
A guideline posted on the Embassy’s website said that only 150 OEC applications will be accepted at the Embassy’s OEC extension service at Lucky Plaza on the above dates.
The Embassy also advised applicants to schedule their visits to the Embassy from Monday to Thursday and in advance of their planned travel dates, “to avoid inconvenience in obtaining necessary documents during peak travel periods such as Chinese New Year.
It also said the applications will be processed according to the following schedule:
Application Nos. 001-075: 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
Application Nos. 076-150: 1:30 P.M. onwards
Likewise, on the two dates, only 800 OEC queue numbers and 400 OWWA queue numbers will be issued at the Embassy, and will be processed according to the following schedule:
Queue Nos. 001-200: 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 P.M.
Queue Nos. 201-400: 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
Queue Nos. 401-600: 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Queue Nos. 601-800: 3:00 P.M. onwards
“Applicants without queue numbers, or with queue numbers that are not yet scheduled for processing, will be restricted from entering the Embassy to prevent overcrowding,” the Embassy said.
It also reminded applicants to refrain from bringing companions, to avoid further congestion of its public waiting areas. It added it reserves the right to restrict the entry of non-applicants.
To further facilitate the speedy processing of OECs, applicants are reminded to ensure that their documentary requirements are complete and in order.
The list of requirements for OWWA membership and OECs are available at http://www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/labor/owwa/ and http://www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/labor/oec/ respectively.
The necessary forms may be downloaded and printed out ahead of time from http://www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/forms/ under “Labor Forms”. (PIA-NCR/RJB/SDL)