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Pinoy Seafarers Must Validate Exit Clearance

Based on Memorandum Circular 12-1211, The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), seafarers are required to validate their exit clearances at the Labor Assistance Center or LAC at the international airports. The exemption granted to seafarers from the requirement of validation of exit clearance at the LAC covered under Memorandum Curcular 3-2011, is hereby recalled, the circular signed that the order was recalled owing to the low rate of submission of deployment reports by licensed manning agencies.


All licensed manning agencies are required to submit a weekly deployment report before the close of the office hours every Friday. Failure shall cause the immediate suspension of the agency documentary processing without prejudice tp the filing of an administrative case against for violating POEA rules.

Here are the guidelines on the special validation of exit clearance of seafarers:


  1. Deploying manning agencies shall provide the Labor Assistance Center a list of names, OEC/E-receipts serial numbers and departure dates of their seafarers. [email protected]; [email protected]

    NAIA Terminal 1:877-1109 loc. 3703

    LAC mobile number: 0917-5540390

  2. A group or team leader of departing seafarers shall present the above-cited list and the OEC/E-receipts issued to workers for cross checking purposes by the LAC evaluators.

  3. For manning agencies with two or more seafarers in their crew list, only a group or team leader shall be required to proceed to the LAC counter for validation of the seafarers' exit clearances. The other seafarers in a group are not required anymore to be present or to stay inside the LAC counter to avoid long queuing and unnecesarry congestion.

  4. All manning agencies shall advise their seafarers to proceed to the OFW lounge for validation of their exit clearances at the LAC counters at NAIA Terminals 1, 2 and 3 at least three to four (3-4) hours before the appointed time of departure.


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