The DMWMobile app in test stage.
PHOTO BY EXPAT MEDIA
The UAE will be a pilot test site for the OFW Pass, which is part of the DMWMobile app, according to the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).
Nine other countries and territories have also been identified as pilot testing sites for the new app designed for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs): Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore, Malaysia, Oman, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.
The full launch of the app will be announced at a later date, according to DMW. As of Saturday (July 22), the app did not appear fully developed as it lacked a user registration link.
“(As) with every new mobile app, there are bound to be glitches, hence, the need to pilot-test before a full rollout,” said DMW Secretary Susan Ople.
According to the DMW, the app will provide e-services to OFWs, including the OFW Pass that will serve as the digital replacement of the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).
According to the DWM, the OFW Pass will be free of charge, as directed by Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and valid until the expiration of the user’s employment contract. Currently, an OEC costs P100 (Dh10) and can only be used once in 60 days.
Meanwhile, the DMW said it will continue to issue OECs in paper form while transitioning to the digital OFW Pass.
The OEC will be available for two more months at least, subject to evaluation and assessment and based on the feedback of stakeholders, according to the DWM. The OEC is proof of a Filipino’s employment abroad and must be presented at the airport before their return flight to their overseas workplace.
The DMW is tapping some 500 OFW Pass teacher volunteers in 40 countries to provide technical assistance and assist their fellow workers in using the app. ICA/Expat Media
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