The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is an agency of the Philippine government that is responsible for Filipinos who wish to work overseas. If you wish to visit the nearest POEA office branch, please be guided on the list of locations with their contact information listed below.
POEA is tasked with ensuring that Filipino workers are protected from illegal recruitment and abusive employers. The agency provides essential services such as registration, processing of documents, and pre-departure orientation.
With its mandate, the agency has helped countless Filipinos secure gainful employment abroad. In recent years, the POEA has also been working to promote the rights of Filipinos working overseas through various initiatives.
As the leading authority on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the POEA remains an invaluable resource for Filipinos who wish to work abroad.
What is POEA?
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is a government agency and attached office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that is responsible for opening and managing the country’s overseas employment program. It is the main government agency that is mandated to monitor and supervise overseas employment processes.
How do I contact POEA?
You may contact POEA through its representative offices. The agency has established regional and satellite offices in major cities throughout the country to provide the best of its services to as many people as possible. Below is a list of these offices and their respective contact information.
POEA Regional and Satellite Offices in Luzon
Office of POEA – Regional Center for Luzon
Address: 2/F, LZK-Zambrano Building, Quezon Avenue, San Fernando City, La Union
Telephone: (072) 687-0873, (072) 607-6994
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/qJ3Gz81Eed4UaS1A8
Office of POEA – Regional Extension Unit
Address: G/F Gestdan Centrum, 80 Bokawkan Road cor. Upper P. Burgos, Baguio City
E-mail: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/2gDvar3726NqQJs16
POEA Satellite Office in Tuguegarao City
POEA Satellite Office in Angeles City
Address: Claro M. Recto Highway, Clark Freeport, Angeles City, Pampanga
E-mail: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/Ui1y5AnbYBYiKVKTA
POEA Satellite Office in Calamba City
Address: Basement, Andenson Building II, Brgy. Parian Calamba City
Telephone: (049) 548-1375
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/yXBr9x9dZo7nQfv97
POEA Satellite Office in Oriental Mindoro
Address: 3F Halcon Heights Building, Roxas Drive cor. Dama de Noche, Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
E-mail: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/bFWDmVgsSQ2qqrsz8
DFA Satellite Office in Palawan
Address: 2/F Robinsons Place Palawan, Brgy. San Manuel, Puerto Princesa North Road, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Telephone: (048) 434-1773
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/GGYUyKAF4A3nZ9pY7
POEA Satellite Office in Legazpi City
Address: OWWA RO 5, Washington Drive, Vista Al Mayon Compound, Legazpi City
Telephone: (052) 820-4890
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/235PRRvjjThNNZPN6
POEA Regional and Satellite Offices in Visayas
Office of POEA Regional Center for Visayas
Address: General Maximum Avenue, Gorordo Ave, Cebu City, Cebu
Telephone: (032) 231-1003
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/8z2BdgJGDP6hmwUV8
Office of POEA Regional Extension Unit
Address: 3/F, Robinson’s Place – Iloilo, Ledesma cor. Mabini Streets, Iloilo City
Telephone: (033) 336-8611, (033) 335-1058
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/yAafABYiPwu8bvDu9
POEA Satellite Office in Bacolod City
Address: 1 Luzuriaga Street, Brgy. 13, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Telephone: (034) 434-7391
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/aMbVUgSJVDResVHZ7
POEA Satellite Office in Tacloban City
Address: 3/F Uytingco Building, Senator Enage Street, Tacloban City
Telephone: (053) 888-5171
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/CUhDQM9G8W2gDESs8
POEA Regional and Satellite Offices in Mindanao
Office of POEA Regional Center for Mindanao
Address: 2/F, AMQ Building, cor. Lakandula Street, Dacudao Avenue, Agdao, Davao City
Telephone: (082) 297-7429 (Telefax), (082) 297-7428
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/51DtYtWM6sZ5mgF66
Office of POEA Regional Extension Unit in Zamboanga City
Address: 2/F, Goodwill Center, Canelar, Zamboanga City
Telephone: (062) 992-5523
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/cdcaATbX8Cw9BKEE7
Office of POEA Regional Extension Unit in Cagayan de Oro
Address: G/F Trinidad Building., Yacapin Street, Cagayan de Oro City
Telephone: (088) 880-6414
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/WHNP9M9Mt9g28u987
POEA Satellite Office in Koronadal City
Address: 2/F, SANLE Building, cor. Benigno Aquino and Lapu-Lapu Streets., Zone III, Koronadal City, South Cotabato
Telephone: (083) 520-9991
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/ofQ1aWYEsqqtVD498
POEA Satellite Office in Tawi-Tawi
Address: Initiative for Tawi Tawi Area Devt. Foundation (ITAD) Building, Old Housing Project, Tubig Boh, Bongao, Tawi Tawi
Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/SZQFp3rhBcVACNWZ6
Video: Introduction to POEA
A video explainer on POEA as a government agency, including its vision, mission, core functions, and programs and services can be watched in this clip below:
POEA was first established in 1982 through Executive Order No. 797, instituting them to promote and oversee the overseas employment of Filipinos. It was then reorganized in 1987 through Executive Order No. 247 to reinforce policies and components to regulate their programs and protect Filipinos. Its core functions include industry regulation, employment facilitation, worker’s protection, and general administration and support. These core functions are thrusted in its programs, which include:
- the continuation of its agency education and performance evaluation system,
- implementation of comprehensive case management programs,
- facilitation of deployment,
- global mapping and profiling of OFWs,
- preventive and remedial intensification of the Anti-Illegal Recruitment (AIR) campaign,
- implementation of incentive and protection programs for victims and witnesses of illegal recruitment, and;
- provision of on-site remedies for OFW complaints, among others.
On December 30, 2021, President Duterte signed the Republic Act. No. 11641, creating the Department of Migrant Workers, hence elevating POEA as an executive agency. By the same law, it now oversees policies, programs, and other projects of seven offices of DOLE, including the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA) of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), the International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) of the DOLE. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), formerly an attached arm of DOLE, was transferred as an attached arm of POEA, with its concurrent Chairperson being the Secretary of the newly-created department.
The POEA is the government agency responsible for the administration of overseas employment programs and policies while safeguarding the rights and welfare of Filipino workers abroad.
It aims to bring together its partners and stakeholders from the government, the private sector, and the Filipino people, in order to facilitate the generation and preservation of decent jobs for overseas Filipino workers, promote their welfare and security, and advocate for their smooth integration to the Philippine and greater society.
With this in mind, they continue to aspire to be one of the country’s pillars of excellence in governance that builds and serves adaptive, proactive, and dynamic Filipino migrant workers.