Who is a name hire?
A name hire refers to a worker who is able to secure an overseas employment opportunity with an employer without the assistance or participation of any agency.

Does a name-hire need to register with POEA?
Yes. A name hire has to register with the POEA to document his status as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).

What documents are required for registration?
A name hire worker shall be registered by the POEA upon submission of the following documents:
  • OFW Information Sheet
  • 2 valid passport
  • employment contract or offer of employment or equivalent document, indicating the terms and conditions of employment
  • work visa/permit, no objection certificate (NOC), visa assurance or equivalent entry document
  • certificate of medical fitness issued by a DOH-accredited medical clinic authorized to conduct medical examination for overseas employment certificate of attendance to POEA in-house pre-departure orientation seminar
Are there fees to be paid upon registration?
A worker shall pay the following fees upon registration:
  • Processing fee - US$100 or its peso equivalent
  • OWWA contribution - US$ 25 or its peso equivalent
  • Medicare fee - P900.00
Upon payment of the required fees, the POEA shall issue the corresponding Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).

What is the overseas employment certificate (OEC)?
The Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is a document issued by the POEA which serves as a travel clearance when a worker leaves to assume his overseas employment. The OEC also exempts the worker from payment of travel tax of P1,620 and airport tax of P550.

Where does one register as a name hire?
A worker may register as a name hire at the One Stop Landbased Accreditation and Processing Center, located at the 2nd floor, POEA Bldg, Ortigas corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City or at any of the following POEA regional centers and regional extension units:
  • POEA Regional Center for Luzon 3rd Floor, Tabora Bldg. III P. Burgos St San Fernando City, La Union
  • POEA Regional Center for Visayas 3rd Floor, Gemini Building 719 M. J. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City
  • POEA Regional Center for Mindanao Door 1 & 2, Seo Leng Wong Bldg. Jacinto-Artiaga St., Davao City
  • POEA Regional Extension Unit – CAR Benitez Court Compound Magsaysay Ave., Baguio City 23
  • POEA Regional Extension Unit – Region VI 2nd Floor, S.C. Divinagracia Bldg. Quezon Street, Iloilo City
Name Hiring and Philippine Recruitment Agencies
A foreign principal (or a foreign employer looking for a direct hire) can also work with Philippine Recruitment Agencies.

In fact, a foreign principal can be accredited to more than one Philippine Agency. The foreign principal that acts as direct employer may be accredited to more than one Philippine agency provided that:
  • A uniform compensation package shall be adopted by the principal and the Agency;
  • The principal has a verified job order of at least 50 workers;
  • That the principal must have hired at least 50 workers within a period of one year immediately preceding the accreditation
Source: A PRIMER: Revised Rules and  Regulations Governing Overseas Employment of Landbased Workers (June 2002)

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