Philippines | Supplemental Advisory No 2. – DOLE Advisory No. 19-08 amendment which does not include non-POGO companies

Subsequent to our initial alert, confirming The Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) Advisory No. 19-08, to view this announcement you can click here, Santa Fe released an additional alert on 1st October 2019, confirming DOLE Advisory No. 19-09. To view this announcement, you can click here. This Advisory has been further modified and will no longer be enforced for non-POGO companies.

Who will be affected?

  • Foreign nationals who will be employed or sponsored by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs)
  • Foreign nationals employed by POGOs who will apply for the renewal of their current AEP at DOLE NCR



The DOLE has received mixed reactions from stakeholders regarding the issuance of DOLE Advisory No. 19-08 that requires personal appearance of foreign nationals during submission of AEP application and release of AEP Card. Hence, the DOLE modified the regulations provided in the Advisory No. 19-08 and only foreign nationals under POGOs will be required for the personal appearance.

Effective 15 October 2019, only Foreign nationals under POGOs shall be allowed to file the AEP applications through the company’s authorized representative. Personal appearance of the foreign nationals under this type of business registration will be required during the release of the printed AEP Cards.


Foreign nationals under sponsoring company not registered with PAGCOR will no longer be required to personally appear before DOLE NCR authorities to submit their application for AEP and release the printed AEP Card.

For Foreign nationals sponsored by POGOs, they will only be required to personally appear during the release of the printed AEP Cards.


The new regulations were implemented on 15 October 2019.

Santa Fe Analysis:

There are currently frequent and ongoing changes and we will monitor the situation closely and provided updated information as we receive this from the authorities.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following:

Ma. Emmariza Ola
Immigration Manager
Santa Fe Relocation
Tel.: (632) 795 2438

Hallie Toh
Regional Immigration Lead – Asia
Santa Fe Relocation
D: +65 6398 3015 (5615)


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