The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA is the government agency, which is responsible for optimizing the benefits of the country’s overseas employment program.

This agency was created in 1982 through Executive Order 797 to promote and to monitor the overseas employment of Filipino workers.

In 1987, through Executive Order 247, POEA was reorganized to include the following expanded functions:

To respond to changing markets and economic condition; and to strengthen the workers protection and regulatory components of the overseas employment program.

POEA is also the lead government agency tasked to monitor and supervise all recruitment agencies in the Philippines.

Looking for information on overseas employment?
For the complete list of recruitment and manning agencies that send Filipino workers abroad:
For tips on how to avoid illegal recruitment:
For the revised rules and regulations on overseas employment of land-based workers:
For the labor code of the Philippines discussing the provisions on overseas employment:
For the migrant workers and overseas Filipino act of 1995:
Got questions or concerns regarding a particular recruitment agency in the Philippines?
Visit the POEA website at:
Email POEA at:
Visit POEA at their address:

  • Philippine Overseas Employment AdministrationEDSA corner Ortigas Ave.,
    Mandaluyong City, Philippines
    POEA 24-hour hotlines : 722-1144 or at 722-1155

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