PDOS Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar: everything you need to know


Most Filipinos entertain thoughts about going abroad to visit other countries, to study as international students, to work as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) or to start a new life and immigrate to a new country. Here’s everything you need to know about PDOS Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar.


PDOS meaning: PDOS Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar

The PDOS Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar is a mandatory program which workers must attend before being given clearance to leave the Philippines to work overseas. You need to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar before you are given clearance to leave the Philippines to work or immigrate to another country.

PDOS seminars are conducted by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (CFO), as well as licensed third-party providers.

Attendance to PDOS is mandatory, and is part of the process of applying for clearance to leave the Philippines as a worker or as an immigrant.

CFO is responsible for PDOS for immigrants, while OWWA is responsible for PDOS for workers.

If you are looking for further information about CFO seminar or PDOS requirements, trying to figure out which PDOS registration form you’re supposed to use or looking for locations for PDOS in Manila or other places, please contact the nearest CFO and OWWA offices to your location.

The CFO seminar Manila is conducted at their office at the Citigold Center. The CFO seminar is a prerequisite for clearance to leave the Philippines. CFO Manila conducts PDOS for Filipinos going to immigrate to other countries.

PDOS in Manila are generally conducted by CFO and OWWA, depending if you are leaving the Philippines as a worker (OFW) or as an immigrant. PDOS OWWA is conducted at the OWWA Central Office in Pasay City, OWWA office at the POEA in Mandaluyong City or at authorized third-party providers.

OFWs must attend The Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) before they can be given clearance to leave the Philippines.

PDOS for workers is conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and is facilitated by personnel with first-hand experience of the destination countries.

PDOS for workers is conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and is facilitated by personnel with first-hand experience of the destination countries.

Taking PDOS is mandatory to minimize the risk to workers, especially those who are leaving the Philippines for the first time to work abroad.

The Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar gives workers the tools required to be successful during their employment abroad.

Each country has its own rules and regulations governing foreign workers, and PDOS makes sure that workers leave the Philippines armed with the basic knowledge to succeed in their new work environments.

Topics discussed during PDOS include a basic overview of labour laws, knowing their rights as foreign workers, understanding local culture and customs, best financial practices to make the most out of their employment overseas and how to request for assistance from Philippine Embassies and Consulates when they need to do so.

Workers of every skill level and job description must take the PDOS in order to receive clearance to leave the Philippines to work abroad.

The Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar also helps workers prepare for their lives after working overseas by giving them access to programs and services provided by the Philippine Government.

If you are working with a placement or recruitment agency, make sure that they schedule you for PDOS to avoid any delay in your deployment.For more information about PDOS for workers, contact OWWA directly at 551-1560 or 551-6641.


CFO has an online system to register for PDOS called Reservation & Registration (R&R) PDOS.

If you are a Filipino who has been granted an immigrant visa, you will need to register for PDOS online at the official CFO website.

Filipinos who are leaving the Philippines as immigrants (if you have been issued an immigrant visa) must attend a PDOS seminar at CFO.

CFO seminars will cover topics such as travel regulations, immigration procedures, cultural differences, settlement concerns, employment & social security concerns, as well as rights and responsibilities of Filipino immigrants.

Adults between the ages of 20 – 59 years old are required to take the PDOS seminar.

Children between 13 – 19 years old are required to participate in the Peer Counseling Program.

Minors younger than 13 years old, and adults older than 59 years old are not required to take PDOS or participate in the Peer Counseling Program.

Registration for PDOS seminar at CFO must be done online at www.cfo.gov.ph

Take note that registration for PDOS seminar is on a first-come, first-served basis at the CFO-Cebu office, walk-in only.

CFO will only accept applications for PDOS with complete registration requirements only.


Depending on whether you’re leaving the Philippines as a worker or as an immigrant, you will need to attend the PDOS seminar at CFO, OWWA or one of their authorized third party providers. Check below for PDOS location, for PDOS schedule, please call or email the CFO or OWWA offices directly.


Commission on Filipinos Overseas CFO-Manila
Citigold Centre
1345 Quirino Ave.
Manila 1007

Tel: (632) 552-4700
Email: [email protected]

Commission on Filipinos Overseas CFO-Cebu
4/F K&J Building
4 Don Julio Laurente St.
Capitol Site
Cebu 6000

Tel: (632) 255-5253
Email: [email protected]

Commission on Filipinos Overseas CFO-Clark
Clark Poytechnic Compound
Jose Abad Santos Ave.
Clark Freeport Zone
Pampanga 2009

Tel: (045) 499-8119
Email: [email protected]

Commission on Filipinos Overseas CFO-Davao
5/F AMQ Building
Lakandula St.
Agdao, Davao City
Davao del Sur 8000

Tel: (6382) 288-2432
Email: [email protected]


Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)
F.B. Harrison
Pasay City, Manila
Metro Manila

Tel: (632) 891-7601

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
Blas F. Ople Building
Ortigas Avenue
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila

Tel: (632) 722-1144
Tel: (632) 722-1155
Email: [email protected]

PDOS REQUIREMENTS* all original, unless otherwise indicated

1)Philippine Passport
2)Immigrant Visa(attached to the passport)
3)valid government-issued IDs such as:
Driver’s License,
Postal ID,
Social Security System (SSS ID),
Goverment Service Insurance System (GSIS ID),
Professional Regulation Commission (PRC ID),
Senior Citizen’s ID Card,
Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR I-Card),
Consular ID,
Seaman’s Book,
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ID,
Philippine Overseas, Employment Association (POEA) ID,
PRA Special Resident Retiree Visa (SRRV) ID,
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ID,
Overseas Worker’s Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID,
Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID),
Philippine National Police (PNP) ID,
Voter’s ID
National Statistics Office (NSO) Birth Certificate,
Marriage Certificate (NSO Authenticated),
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance,
Police Clearance,
Barangay Clearance/Certificate,
Company/Office ID, Student’s ID or School ID,
Certification from the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP),
Tax Identification Number (TIN ID),
PhilHealth Identification Card (PIC),
Home Development Mutual Fund (HMDF) or PAG-IBIG ID,
Permit to Carry Firearms.
4)Country-specific documents:
United States of America (USA) – Immigrant Data Summary
Canada – Certificate of Permanent Residency (COPR)
Italy – Nulla Osta
Japan – Certificate of Eligibility
Australia – Visa Grant Notification Letter
New Zealand – Letter of Approval for Work to Residence Visa

After attending the PDOS or the Peer Counseling Program, the CFO sticker will affixed to your Philippine Passport. Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) officials will check the CFO sticker before clearing you for departure at the airport.


1) Go to the official PDOS website:


Click on the green button that says “I already have my immigrant visa and I wish to register with the CFO All immigrant-class visas including the U.S. K2 Visa”

2) Answer the following questions:

How are you related to your petitioner/sponsor?
What is your country of destination?
What is your visa type/category/classification?

3) Provide a valid email address. Click to submit.

4) You will receive an email from CFO Manila. Click on “Confirm E-mail” link to continue.

5) You will be asked to provide personal information:

Last name
First name
Middle Name
Civil Status

6) Click to continue. You will be directed to the PDOS Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar schedule indicating the country-specific PDOS schedule information including country, day and time, as well as number of slots available.

If there are no slots available, the dates on the calendar will be marked blue. Choose another date which has slots available.

Select a session time, then click “Proceed to registration”

7) If you are registering as an individual or doing all of this for the first time, click “REGISTER” under “Individual/First-time Registration”.

If you are registering for a family or two or more individuals, click “REGISTER FAMILY MEMBER” under “Family Registration”

If you have a “New Barcoded Confirmation Form” click “VIEW REGISTRATION FORM ON-LINE and PRINT NEW BARCODED CONFIRMATION FORM”.

Note that for Family Registration and those who are rescheduling their PDOS, an 8 digit reference number is required.



  1. Does PDOS expire?I attend last March 2020. MY visa expired and I recently have it replaced. Do I need to take another PDOS?thank you.

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