Website activated: OFWs can now apply for ID online


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The new unified identification card for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) can be applied and processed online now, an official said.

Labour officials on Wednesday soft-launched the new ID system for Filipino workers abroad in the presence of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The ID will be printed in stages as the implementing guidelines are yet to be issued, officials said.

OFWs welcomed the new ID as it would later replace the “exit pass” or Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) that many Filipinos want to be abolished. The OEC is a Dh10 document that proves that the OFW has been legally hired and documented by the Philippine government.

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On Thursday night, some Filipino expatriates in Dubai said they tried to obtain the newly launched OFW ID online through the website of the integrated Department of Labour and Employment of iDOLE

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