What is POEA?

Philippine Overseas Employment Administratio (POEA) – Is an attached agency of the Philippines’ Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). It connects to the world and in partnership with all stakeholders, facilitates the generation and preservation of decent jobs for overseas Filipino workers, promotes their protection and advocates their smooth reintegration into Philippine society. http://poea.gov.ph/

POEA is the lead government agency responsible for the regulation of outflow of Filipino workers for temporary employment overseas.



Refers to the grant of authority by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to a foreign principal/employer to recruit and hire Filipino workers through a licensed Philippine Recruitment Agency (PRA) for overseas employment. Accreditation is usually valid for four (4) years unless sooner revoked for cause.

Documentary requirements for Accreditation must be VERIFIED by POLO.


Are all Foreign Employers must be Accredited by POEA? 

YES. Pursuant to Philippine laws, rules and regulations on Overseas Employment (click here for the complete list of legal bases poea.gov.ph) all Filipino Workers who will be working abroad and all foreign employers who will hire Filipino Workers are required by the Philippine Government to undergo verification/accreditation process by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

The general option for Foreign Employer/Company in hiring Filipino Workers is by partnering with a Philippine Recruitment Agency (PRA) licensed by POEA.


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