POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, in a memorandum circular has ordered the exemption of seafarers from POEA validation at international airports.
According to Cacdac, the new measure which took effect on May 15, 2012 aims to reduce the number of workers lining up at POEA labor assistance centers (LAC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s three terminals.
Instead, manning agencies shall use a drop box located at the POEA’s Seabased Center to submit clear copies of the e-Receipts or overseas employment certificates of their deployed seafarers not later than 10:00 a.m. immediately following the departure date of the seafarers.
Cacdac urged manning agencies to strictly comply with the requirement for the convenience of their seafarers as the process will allow additional quality time to bond with their families, instead of queuing at the airport for the validation of their travel documents.
The POEA has suspended the validation of exit clearance of departing OFWs at the airports on March 28, 2008, until March 2011.