Anticipating an influx of vacationing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) this Christmas season, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has opened its online facility for a faster and more economical way of getting exit clearances. POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac said that the online system (available at bmonline.ph) is a lot better than waiting in long POEA queues to get an overseas employment certificate (OEC) before going back to their jobs abroad. “Sa BM [Balik Manggagawa] online, mas mabilis ang proseso at tipid sa gastos katulad ng pamasahe at pagkain keysa pupunta sa POEA [The BM [Balik Manggagawa] online is a faster and economical way [of securing the clearance) because it eliminates transportation and food expenses when going to the POEA offices],” Cacdac said. He added that OFWs, who are not yet qualified to use the online processing system (including those that are not listed in the POEA database) can set an appointment with the POEA through the bmonline.ph. Those who could not access the online system can also go to the BM processing centers in Trinoma in Quezon City; SM-Manila; Duty Free Philippines in Parañaque; Pag-ibig main office in Makati; office of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Pasay City; and POEA office in Ortigas, Manila. BM processing centers are also available in POEA offices in San Fernando, La Union; Tuguegarao; Cagayan; Baguio City; SM City Pampanga; Calamba, Laguna; Legaspi City; Cebu City; Iloilo City; Bacolod City; Tacloban City; Davao City; Zamboanga City; Cagayan de Oro City; Koronadal City; Butuan City; and Bongao in Tawi-Tawi.