The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Korea (POLO Korea) is one of thirty-seven (37) POLOs in various countries in Asia, Middle East, the Americas and Europe, representing the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Its functions are:

  1. To ensure adequate protection for Filipino workers through verification of employment documents and job orders, and policy recommendations, especially with respect to the Employment Permit System;
  2. To provide onsite assistance to OFWs with labor and welfare cases;
  3. To seek new employment opportunities for Filipino job seekers by regularly gathering information and conducting labor market research on overseas manpower requirements.
  4. To promote the over-all welfare of Filipino workers through socio-cultural activities and programs that will help them re-integrate to Philippine society.

In the discharge of the aforesaid functions, POLO Korea collaborates with relevant agencies of the Philippine government and the host country, the Filipino communities, church groups and NGOs.

  • Issuance of Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)

  • A worker-on-leave shall refer to an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who is on vacation or on leave and is returning to the same employer.

    All vacationing OFWs (Balik-Manggagawa) may obtain their OEC at the Philippine Labor Office (POLO). The OEC is valid for sixty (60) days from the date of issuance.

    Documentary requirements:
    • Balik-Manggagawa Information Sheet (which can be downloaded at;
    • Valid passport (please bring copy of photo page);
    • Valid alien registration card (please photocopy front and back page);
    • Valid employment contract.
    You may also apply online thru

  • Registration for OWWA Membership

  • OWWA membership, either through the compulsory or voluntary coverages, shall be effective upon payment of membership contribution up until expiration of the employment contract. The member is covered for a maximum of two years after which the membership has to be renewed.

    Documentary requirements:
    • OWWA Information Sheet (which can be downloaded at or;
    • Valid passport (please bring copy of photo page);
    • Employment contract or any proof of employment;
    • Proof of latest OWWA membership (official receipt), if any.
    For inquiries, you may reach us thru the following:

    Landlines: (02) 3785-3634/ (02) 3785-3635
    Fax: (02) 3785-3624
    Email: &
    POLO Hotline: 010-4573-6290
    OWWA Mobile Line: 010-9054-0694