Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have always complained about the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).
Every time OFWs go home to the Philippines for a vacation, they have to apply for an OEC before they can leave the country and go back to work. The OEC is a piece of paper that identifies you as an OFW and allows you to leave the Philippines and go back to the country of their employment. Travel and long waits in line were usually involved.
Frustrating, to say the least.
That’s why the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) came up with the new iDOLE OFW ID. With the new ID, you won’t have to line up for an OEC anymore. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a statement that the new ID will eliminate the need for paper OECs, and allow OFWs to access government services using the ID, including their OEC.
The ID cards will be manufactured by the same company which makes Philippine passports, and will allow OFW personal information to be shared between all the attached agencies of DOLE.
You can now get one of these fancy new ID cards by clicking on the link here. Make sure you have a valid OEC or an exception number issued ofter October 17, 2017 before you try signing up for an account.