Greco Belgica is calling for the abolition of the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), which overseas contract workers have to secure every time they travel back home regardless whether they are first-timers or going home on vacation.
The OEC, also known as the exit pass, is required at international ports of exit in the Philippines as proof that the holder is a bona fide overseas worker.
Workers complain that the financial requirements involved in getting the exit pass seizes a large portion of their salaries.
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They also believe that the 30-year-old regulation has been creating a hassle at the airport for many overseas workers traveling from different provinces and those merely coming home for their annual vacation.