iDOLE OFW ID available to these Filipinos

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iDOLE OFW ID available to these Filipinos

 

DUBAI – The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) ID card or iDOLE is now available, but it is not yet ready for distribution to everyone.

The much awaited unified identification card system was launched in July to replace the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), a document that OFWs visiting the Philippines need to return to their workplace abroad. It also entitles OFWs to airport and travel tax exemptions.

On Thursday, Philippine Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the card will be issued to returning OFWs or Balik Manggagawa on its first phase.

“This is only the first phase of implementation and will cater first to our Balik-Manggagawa until the system is ready for all OFWs. We are doing this to secure the database and for further improvements in the system,” Bello said in the statement. He did not say when the card would be available for all OFWs.

The iDOLE is free. To register, OFWs must log on to https://ofw.idole.ph and create an account using their latest OEC number.

The Philippine government has said that iDOLE will be linked to government offices, including the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, and the Bureau of Immigration.

In future, it will also be linked to the planned OFW Bank.

HOW TO APPLY FOR AN OFW CARD

  1. Go to https://ofw.idole.ph
  2. Create an account. Make sure you have a recent OEC Number or OEC Exemption number
  3. Follow further instructions to online application

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