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OEC to be abolished, OFW ID card soon to be issued to Filipino migrant workers


DUBAI – The Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) will be abolished this year and replaced with a unified ID card as part of government efforts to streamline services for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), said Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Secretary Silvestre Bello.

The OEC is currently required from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) visiting the Philippines and want to come back to their workplace abroad.

The OEC has been the subject of OFW complaints for years, with many saying that the process of acquiring one is long and tedious, unnecessary and more recently, prone to abuse by corrupt officials. OFWs currently need to apply for the certificate each time they are visiting the Philippines.

This year, OEC issues will cease to exist because the certificate may be scrapped in October or November this year, Bello said in a recent interview with Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

Bello said that the OEC will be replaced with an ID card called I-DOLE.

The unified ID card for OFWs “will serve as their OEC” and will also be used to store information about OFWs’ membership with the Pagibig, SSS and Philhealth.

Bello also revealed that the Philippine Postal Bank will be bought by Landbank and will be transformed into the OFW Bank.

The new entity will be “a bank that will entirely service our OFWs”, where Filipino workers abroad can send remittances.

Also read: OEC issuance suspension not true, says labor attaché in Dubai


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