The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is now allowing newly-hired healthcare workers (HCWs) to leave the Philippines provided that they have perfected and signed contracts as of August 31.
In its recent advisory, it noted that all HCWs who contract were made and signed as of August 31 and have secured an overseas employment certificate (OEC) as their exit permit can now work overseas.
This latest advisory only covers those newly employed HCWs who are direct hires, recruitment agency hires, and POEA Government Placement Branch hires.
It also includes those employees who are balik-manggagawa or returning workers with OEC exemption certificates.
Citing reports from the Philippine News Agency, seafarers who were previously hired as doctors and nurses are also now allowed to leave the country provided that they’ll be deployed by the same licensed manning agency.