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Guidelines for Manning Agencies on Special Validation of Exit Clearance of Seafarers

Based on Memorandum Circular 12-1211 of 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.

All licensed manning agencies are required to submit a weekly deployment report before the close of the office hours every Friday. Failure to do so shall cause the immediate suspension of the agency's documentary processing without prejudice to the filing of an administrative case 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 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 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 unnecessary 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 hours before the appointed time of departure.

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