Attention kabayan! Here’s an important update that you should not miss: the DMW has officially introduced the use of the OFW Pass which you can get when you download the DMW Mobile App. As an OFW, you know how crucial it is to have the necessary documents and identification to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience abroad. The OFW Pass serves as a digital identity specifically designed for OFWs, offering a more convenient alternative to the traditional Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).
With the OFW Pass, you can say goodbye to lengthy onsite processes at the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) because the entire application process can now be completed through the DMW Mobile App. Unlike the OEC, which is only valid for 60 days and can be used once, the OFW Pass remains valid until the expiration of your working contract. Ready to learn more? Keep on reading below.
- Transition Period
- Difference Between OEC and OFW Pass
- How to Get an OFW Pass: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Video: Understanding OFW Pass vs OEC
- Video: Introduction to OFW Pass QR Code and the DMW Mobile Application
- Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. What is the DMW Mobile Application?
- 2. What is the OFW Pass?
- 3. How is the OFW Pass different from the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)?
- 4. How do I get my OFW Pass?
- 5. How long will it take for DMW to verify my requirements?
- 6. How do I know the duration of the validity of my OFW Pass?
- 7. Will my OEC still be valid despite the availability of the OFW Pass?
- 8. Who can use the DMW Mobile Application?
While the OEC has been a traditional requirement for OFWs, the introduction of the OFW Pass brings a new level of convenience and efficiency.
- Unlike the OEC, which is obtained through onsite processes at the Migrant Workers Offices, the OFW Pass can be acquired entirely through the DMW Mobile App, eliminating the need for physical visits and long queues.
- Another significant difference lies in their validity periods.
- The OEC is valid for a limited period of sixty (60) days and can only be used once, requiring OFWs to secure a new certificate for each trip.
- On the other hand, the OFW Pass remains valid until the expiration of the OFW’s working contract, providing a longer-term and more flexible solution for digital identification.
With its digitization and extended validity, the OFW Pass offers a more convenient and streamlined experience for OFWs in managing their documentation and identity while working overseas.
Meanwhile, the new system introduced by the DMW aims to revolutionize the process for OFWs.
The plan is to remove the traditional OEC and replace it with the digital OFW Pass.
This transition to a digital platform is a significant step forward in streamlining the documentation process for OFWs.
To ensure a smooth transition for those who may not be tech-savvy, OECs will still be honored for a period of two months following the launch of the OFW Pass.
This grace period will provide non-techie OFWs with ample time to familiarize themselves with the new digital process.
Looking ahead, Phase 2 of the OFW Pass will focus on inter-connectivity with other government agencies, such as the DICT’s e-GOV app.
This integration will result in faster and more convenient services for OFWs.
To facilitate understanding and assistance, the DMW will enlist the help of Filcom volunteers in various countries who will act as “teachers” to guide OFWs in obtaining and utilizing the OFW Pass.
Additionally, a dedicated 24/7 Contact Center will be established to address any questions or concerns related to the OFW Pass, ensuring continuous support for OFWs.
For those who prefer visual guidance, YouTube tutorial videos will be made available, providing step-by-step instructions for the application and usage of the OFW Pass.
With these comprehensive measures in place, the DMW is committed to making the transition to the OFW Pass as seamless and user-friendly as possible for the OFW community.
Difference Between OEC and OFW Pass
- Accessibility – With the OEC, you have to physically line up to get it at the office. With the OFW pass, it is now done online and QR-generated
- Validity – The OEC is valid for use is up to 60 days. With the OFW Pass, it is based on the duration of the OFW’s work contract.
- Cost – There is a fee of PHP 100 for processing the OEC. With the OFW pas, it is FREE of charge.
- Function – The OEC is proof of OFW legitimacy while the OFW pass is also proof but it is also interconnected with other Philippine government apps.
How to Get an OFW Pass: A Step-by-Step Guide
Getting your OFW Pass is a straightforward process that can be completed through the DMW Mobile Application. Here’s how:
Step 1: After logging in to the DMW Mobile Application, you will be redirected to the passport verification section.
Step 2: Allow the application to access your phone’s camera, and then tap “Continue.”
Step 3: Get ready to scan your passport by positioning it within the designated area on your screen. Tap “Continue.”
Step 4: Follow the grid lines displayed on your screen to ensure a proper scan of your passport ID page.
Step 5: Review the scanned photo of your ID to ensure its readability, and then tap “Continue.”
Step 6: Wait for the application to scan and process your ID information.
Step 7: Prepare to take a selfie by positioning yourself properly in front of the camera. Make sure not to use flash and ensure that your face is clearly visible.
Step 8: Take your selfie as prompted by the application.
Step 9: Once your selfie is successfully captured, you will receive a notification stating that your photo was taken successfully.
Step 10: Wait for the application to process your selfie.
Step 11: Congratulations! Your identification details have been verified. Tap “Continue” to proceed.
Step 12: You have now been verified and can start using your OFW Pass. Your verified OFW Pass will be displayed on the screen, confirming your digital identity.
By following these steps, you can successfully acquire your OFW Pass and enjoy the benefits and convenience it provides to OFWs.
Video: Understanding OFW Pass vs OEC
Here’s a video about the difference between the OFW Pass and the OEC for your reference:
Video: Introduction to OFW Pass QR Code and the DMW Mobile Application
Please watch this video clip which features an orientation about the OFW Pass when you download and register in the DMW Mobile App. This is discussion by the Department of Migrant Workers team about the launch of the OFW pass:
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the DMW Mobile Application?
The DMW Mobile Application is a digital platform developed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in the Philippines.
It is designed to provide convenience and accessibility to Overseas Filipino Workers by offering various services related to their employment and travel requirements.
2. What is the OFW Pass?
The OFW Pass is a digital document issued to OFWs through the DMW Mobile Application.
It serves as proof of their identity and employment status, allowing them to enjoy certain privileges and exemptions when traveling and transacting in the Philippines.
3. How is the OFW Pass different from the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)?
The OFW Pass and the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) serve similar purposes, but they differ in terms of format and delivery.
The OFW Pass is a digital document obtained through the DMW Mobile Application, while the OEC is a physical certificate issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
The OFW Pass aims to provide a more convenient and accessible alternative to the traditional OEC by digitizing the process and making it available on mobile devices.
4. How do I get my OFW Pass?
To obtain your OFW Pass, you need to download and install the DMW Mobile Application on your mobile device.
Once installed, you can register an account and provide the necessary information and documents to complete your profile.
The application will guide you through the process of verifying your employment and identity details.
After successful verification, you will be issued your OFW Pass digitally.
5. How long will it take for DMW to verify my requirements?
The duration for DMW to verify your requirements may vary depending on several factors, including the accuracy and completeness of the information and documents you provide.
While specific timelines are not mentioned, the DMW Mobile Application is designed to streamline the verification process and provide efficient services to OFWs.
Ensure that you submit accurate and complete information to expedite the verification process.
6. How do I know the duration of the validity of my OFW Pass?
The duration of validity for your OFW Pass should be specified within the document itself.
Once you receive your OFW Pass through the DMW Mobile Application, it will display the expiration date or validity period.
It is essential to keep track of the expiration date to ensure that your OFW Pass is renewed or updated accordingly before it expires.
7. Will my OEC still be valid despite the availability of the OFW Pass?
The availability of the OFW Pass does not invalidate the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) immediately.
However, it is worth noting that the government’s long-term plan is to transition towards the exclusive use of the digital OFW Pass and eventually phase out the physical OEC.
It is advisable to stay updated with the latest information and guidelines from the Philippine government regarding the use of the OFW Pass and OEC.
8. Who can use the DMW Mobile Application?
The DMW Mobile Application is primarily designed for use by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are seeking to streamline and digitize their employment and travel requirements.
However, the application may also be relevant to other individuals involved in the process, such as government agencies, employers, and recruitment agencies, as it offers features that facilitate coordination and verification of OFW-related documents and information.
In conclusion, the introduction of the OFW Pass through the DMW Mobile App brings about significant benefits and convenience for OFWs.
This digital identity serves as a more accessible alternative to the traditional OEC.
By utilizing the OFW Pass, OFWs can avoid lengthy onsite processes and complete their application entirely through the user-friendly DMW Mobile App.
As the Philippine government continues to enhance its digital services for OFWs, it is important to stay updated with the latest information and guidelines regarding the use of the OFW Pass.
Thus, the transition from the physical OEC to the digital OFW Pass demonstrates the government’s commitment to improving the experience and welfare of OFWs.