The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Singapore has started validating vaccination certificates of overseas Filipino workers and their immediate family members traveling to the Philippines from Singapore. The validated certificate is a requirement of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) for returning OFWs coming who want to avail of the shortened facility-based quarantine of 7 days instead of 10 days.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III directed all POLOs to provide the free validation service to returning OFWs coming from “Green” countries/jurisdictions. Singapore is among the green countries classified by the Department of Health as “low risk” countries and listed by the IATF. The POLO validation is the procedure attesting to the authenticity of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued to vaccinated OFWs by the host country or jurisdiction.

OFWs whose vaccination certificates were validated will receive a POLO Vaccine Pass through their registered e-mail address. The Vaccine Pass is presented to the Bureau of Quarantine upon their arrival in the Philippines to enable them to avail of the 7-day quarantine, said Labor Attache Saul De Vries.

“To validate the vaccination status of OFWs in Singapore, we require them to present their vaccination certificate obtained through the “notarise.gov.sg” portal or their work pass card. We cannot use the physical vaccination card issued at the vaccination site since the Ministry of Health has declared that such document is not meant to be used for travel purposes or proof of vaccination,” De Vries noted.

Immediate family members can also avail of the POLO validation service if they are traveling with the returning OFW. POLO has validated at least 697 vaccination documents since the service was rolled out on 5 July 2021. ###