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Get Your iDoLE OFW ID Card in 7 Easy Steps

Securing a job in the Philippines particularly in Manila has been very difficult for the majority of the Filipinos. It’s no longer a surprise if most would look, apply, and work abroad for a better future of their family, to start saving and have a greater career.

Every Overseas Filipino Worker has gone through the experience of obtaining an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). It serves as a proof that you are legally working in your respective country, a business travel document, and an exit pass as well. Without it, you will not be allowed to leave the Philippines and return to the country of your employment. Securing this document is not that easy. You have to endure long queues and requires you to go back and forth especially if come late in the day to apply.

7 Steps To Comply To Get Your iDoLE OFW ID Card:

  1. Go to the main office of DOLE or to any DoLE office branch nearest to your place. You may check the list of their offices here.
  2. Bring 2 or more valid IDs as proof of your identification. Government IDs are surely considered valid. If necessary, bring your Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) that will show as a proof that it will be your first time to acquire the iDoLE ID.
  3. Upon reaching DoLE’s office, approach the person-in-charge for your application.
  4. As the need arises, present your OEC as a proof that you have applied for an iDoLE for the first time.
  5. Wait for the processing as your name will be verified from the database of qualified OFWs based from POEA’s listing.
  6. After successful verification, your ID will then be printed and will be made ready for release
  7. Wait until your name be called for the release of your iDoLE ID Card.

How much does an iDoLE OFW ID Card Costs?

The cost of it would not exceed a thousand pesos. Overseas Filipino Workers should not worry about it’s fee because it will be charged to foreign employers. This was mentioned by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during the soft launch of the product last July 2017.

How will the government make sure that an OFW will not pay for the card?

Labor Secretary Bello said “This is matter and agreement between Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and foreign employers. This is also President Rodrigo Duterte’s gift to our OFWs. No overseas Filipino worker should pay for the card”

Visit Department of Labor and Employment for more information.

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