DOLE announced that the first batch of OFW IDs are now available.
These IDs will replace the Overseas Employment Certificate.
What are the steps in getting this ID?
If you are an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) or you know someone working as one, encountering the hassle of getting an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is not something new for you. The OEC, which serves as a proof or a license that you are going to work legally in another country, is needed for you to leave the premises of the Philippines. Without this document, you will not be allowed to leave the country or return to your country of employment.
Purpose of an OFW ID
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced that instead of the regular OEC, OFWs can now get their OFW IDs. This ID is going to replace the OEC and will also act as a form of identification for the OFWs. It will be directly connected to the iDOLE or a system which can store the information of the overseas worker.
Starting next week, OFWs can finally get their OFW IDs from DOLE to help fast-track their government transactions. The steps in obtaining one are very simple. However, according to DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, due to the limited number of iDOLE card for the first batch, only the returning OFWs or Balik Mangagagawa will get their IDs.
This is also to help identify any system errors and also to secure the database for the future batches.
How to Get the OFW ID
The process of getting an OFW ID is very easy.
Go to www.idole.ph. If you already have an account, just continue signing in. If you don’t have one, click Create An Account.
Input your Overseas Employment Contract (OEC) Valid Number. The OEC numbers should have a valid date from October 11, 2017, onwards.
Once you are done logging in, click the “iDOLE One Stop Shop” then “OFW ID card.”
Choose the delivery date and the pick-up location.
Click Proceed. Once you’re done, you will get a reference number. Your OFW ID is also available for pick-up.
An OFW ID is a big help since it can speed up the process. All of your information from government institutions such as DOLE, OWWA, POEA, and others are stored in the database and can be access using this card. Plus, this card can be used as a valid government ID or as proof that you are working abroad.
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