The OFW ID is intended eventually to replace the Oversees Employment Certificate (OEC).
But until the system is improved and secured, the oversees Filipino workers (OFW) are still required to get an oversees employment certificate (OEC).
An OFW can obtain this OFW ID free of charge. It is free because the funds used to print the ID Card comes from the Oversees Worker’s Welfare Administration (OWWA).
OFW’s contribute money to this government agency.
The Philippine government issues the OFW ID for free in recognition of the oversees worker’s sacrifices and immense contribution to the Philippine economy.
An OFW can now obtain the ID Card through this link provided by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The OFW can do this even if he/she is outside of the Philippines.
Getting an OFW Identification card is easy. Just go to the given website, then
1. Register as an OFW
2. Select Document ID Card for transaction then
3. Set the pick up location of your ID Card at your preferred Philpost branch.
Once inside the Idole website, the OFW can apply for the OFW ID by filling up the
details and putting their latest and valid Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) number.
The ID is equipped with decrypted QR code for security.
The issuance of the Oversees Filipino Worker Identification card is on its first phase.
It means the ID will be issued only to the balik manggagawa or vacationing ofw’s who will return to the same employer and job site.
This will eventually be available to all ofw’s until the government’s system database is improved and secured.
The Government began issuing the card on December 2017.
Once the OFW’s have an OFW CARD, They can use this to avail themselves of travel tax and terminal fee exemptions.
This is great because the database will now be linked with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Note: A friend of mine got her oec from POEA office in Calamba, Laguna on March 11, 2018 and the office is not yet issuing OFW ID.