Registration Guide for Workers-on-Leave (POEA)

Workers-on-Leave (WoL) or Balik-Manggagawa (BM)

The overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who are on leave for a specified period, and would be returning to their employer after a certain time are called workers-on-leave (WoL) or balik-manggawa (BM). Before an OFW can go back to work, he or she is required to get a travel exit clearance from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). This government agency issues this clearance to all outgoing Filipino migrant workers, which serve as an exit pass at the airport and likewise to exempt an OFW for paying travel tax and airport terminal fee when leaving the country for employment purposes.

Registration Guide for WoL


• Get an OFW Information Sheet at POEA's building entrance or you can download it here.
• Secure a queuing number at the Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center (BMPC).
• Fill out the OFW Information Sheet at the designated area.
• Wait for your assigned number to appear on the queuing machine.
• When your number appears, proceed to the Evaluation counter and present your documentary requirements.
• Proceed to the Assessment counter to determine the fees to be paid.
• Go ahead to the Cashier's counter for the payment.
• For workers who have not secured their OFW E-card, move on to the E-Card Production Unit at the BMPC area.


• Request For Processing (For agency-endorsed only)
• Accomplished OFW Information Sheet
• Valid passport
• Entry visa or equivalent documents


• P100.00 for Processing Fee
• P1,275.00 for Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) membership fee
• P900.00 for PhilHealth/Medicare coverage

Note: There are now BM-Processing Centers at Trinoma Mall and SM Manila.

Philippines' Overpopulation

Note: This is a re-post from my Squidoo account. 

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I am from the Philippines, and I love my country despite of its flaws. But that doesn't mean I am no longer hoping for a change, one that could better our lives. Our nation has been facing many problems, and one of them is the rapid growth of its population. An alarming rise in numbers of people residing in the regions, greatly affect its economy and environment. An area can be said overpopulated when one's resources such as land space, food and resources isn't enough to sustain its inhabitants. We have been like this for many years. What would be the effect of this phenomenon?

Social Issues

How Overpopulation Affects Our Society

Philippines has a total land area of 300,000 km2 and based on Census of Population and Housing made on May 1, 2010, it has a total of 92,337,852 population and still growing. It ranked 12th as the most populous country by US Bureau International Data Base. Many of my countrymen experiencing hunger, sickness and unemployment. Despite the government's effort through allocation of big budgets to support pro-poor projects to eradicate poverty, the shortage to basic necessities for our commoners is still evident. This leads to another problems such as, poor education, poor health, and high crime rate.

Poor Education. Insufficient school materials and supplies hinder the improvement of education in public schools. On the other hand, private schools are quite expensive, and many low-level income families can't afford to send their children in this kind of school.

Poor Health. Because of poverty, poor families do not have accessed to proper medical health services. They either opted for unprescribed herb medicines, or totally ignore their illnesses.

High Crime Rate. Due to lack of diploma and high unemployment rate, poverty surges and this leads to antisocial behavior and negative psychological impact on people. Hunger and lack of financial means drive other people to desperate actions.

Environmental Issue

Effect Of Overpopulation To Our Environment

The deterioration of our ecosystem caused by human activities poses some serious concerns. Deforestation and pollution is just two examples that puts our ecology at risk and could create potential danger among us. One example is the recent disaster that afflicted our country, it wasn't even a typhoon, but heavy rains that caused great floods in Metro Manila on August 7, 2012. Almost 70% of the area was submerged in water, houses either destroyed or unfit to live in and thousands of people needed to be evacuated.

Small Business:Wholesale/Retail Clothing

My sister and her husband started their clothing business just two years ago. They gamble in retailing women's clothes and labeled it as Vine Original. They put up a tiangge boutique in Greenhills Shopping Center. Not easy at first, the price per booth  is sky-high and they were uncertain if they can get their investment back by just selling women clothes, let alone make a profit from daily sales. 

Now, they are slowly climbing up and presently owning two tiangge boutiqes. Since selling in Greenhills has its on and off-peak seasons, they decided to venture on a bigger market--wholesale selling. So, anyone looking for women clothes wholesale supplier, you are welcome to contact them for more detailed information. 

Please visit Vine Original Facebook Page for more info.