15 July 2019
PHILIPPINES: Would-be Overseas Workers Obliged to Secure ‘No Objection’ Certificate
Prior to applying for the required permits to work and reside in the country, would-be overseas employees now need to secure a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). This will be a requisite for the issuance for both a short-term Special Work Permit (SWP) and a long-term Alien Employment Permit (AEP) with successful AEP applicants also required to submit the NOC to the Department of Foreign Affairs prior to being issued a 9 (G) Visa (Pre-Arranged Employment Visa).
According to DOLE, the move has been approved by all relevant government agencies and will be implemented before the end of July, following its formal endorsement by Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines. At present, it is planned that the NOC, which is intended to ensure that unskilled/semi-skilled jobs are primarily filled by local workers, will be issued to successful applicants within three working days of the required documentation being received. It follows an earlier move, in May this year, to restrict SWPs to a few designated overseas worker categories.