The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is taking a significant leap towards digital transformation with the introduction of the OFW Pass. This digital identity, specifically designed for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), provides a more convenient and efficient alternative to the traditional Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).
The OFW Pass is a mobile app service which is part of the DMW Mobile App and is used to identify legal OFWs around the world. It also acts as an identification card with the holder’s name, photo, passport number, date of birth and contact details. All these features make it easier for OFWs to verify their employment abroad.
With this OFW Pass, Filipinos no longer need to go through the hassle of obtaining an OEC and can simply show this digital identity when travelling overseas. Plus, the OFW Pass also stores all important information such as government documents, insurance policies, employment contracts and other relevant documentation.
A New Era: The Digital OFW Pass
The OFW Pass is an exciting new development for OFWs and promises to revolutionize the OFW experience. The OFW Pass is an efficient new , bringing about several key benefits:
- Convenience: With the DMW Mobile App, the need for physical visits and long waits at DMW offices are eliminated.
- Long-term Validity: Unlike the OEC’s limited validity, the OFW Pass remains valid until the expiration of your work contract.
- Inter-connectivity: In its second phase, the OFW Pass will integrate with other government agencies, promising faster and more streamlined services.
- FREE – The OFW Pass is free of charge and available to all legally employed Filipinos abroad.
Transitioning from OEC to OFW Pass
While the OFW Pass represents a major shift from the physical OEC, the transition period allows for a smooth changeover. OECs will continue to be honored for two months post-launch, giving OFWs ample time to adjust to the new system.
The Role of Filcom Volunteers and the 24/7 Contact Center
To ensure a seamless transition, Filcom volunteers worldwide will provide guidance to OFWs on the OFW Pass. Additionally, a dedicated 24/7 Contact Center will address any queries or concerns.
Comparing the OEC and OFW Pass
The OFW Pass offers several advantages over the OEC:
- Accessibility: The OFW Pass can be obtained online through the DMW Mobile App.
- Validity: The OFW Pass is valid for the duration of the OFW’s work contract.
- Cost: Unlike the OEC, the OFW Pass is free of charge.
- Functionality: The OFW Pass serves as proof of identity and employment status, providing privileges and exemptions for OFWs in the Philippines.
Obtaining Your OFW Pass: A Step-by-Step Process
Acquiring the OFW Pass is a user-friendly process completed via the DMW Mobile Application. Simply follow the provided steps, verify your details, and receive your OFW Pass digitally.
Obtaining your OFW Pass is a straightforward process that you can complete through the DMW Mobile Application. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
Step 1: Download the DMW Mobile App The first step is to download the DMW Mobile App from the App Store or Google Play Store, depending on your device.
Step 2: Registration Once you have downloaded the app, open it and click on ‘Register’. Fill in the required information including your full name, email address, and create a password. Make sure to use a valid and active email address as this will be used for verification purposes.
Step 3: Email Verification After registration, check your email for a confirmation message from DMW. Click the link in the email to verify your account.
Step 4: Log In to the App After verifying your email, return to the DMW Mobile App, and log in using the email and password you registered with.
Step 5: Apply for the OFW Pass On the app’s dashboard, click on ‘Apply for OFW Pass’. You’ll be asked to provide additional details such as your passport number, job contract details, and overseas address. Make sure all the information entered is accurate to avoid any complications.
Step 6: Upload Necessary Documents You’ll need to upload a scanned copy of your passport and take a selfie for identity verification. Follow the instructions in the app to ensure that the documents are uploaded correctly.
Step 7: Submit Application Once you’ve filled in all the necessary information and uploaded your documents, review everything to make sure it’s correct. Then, click on ‘Submit’ to send your application.
Step 8: Wait for Approval Your application will be reviewed by the DMW. This process may take a few days, so be patient. You’ll receive an email notification once your application has been approved.
Step 9: Access your OFW Pass After approval, you can access your digital OFW Pass through the app. You can present this pass at the airport and other relevant agencies as proof of your OFW status.
Remember, if you encounter any issues during the application process, you can reach out to the DMW’s dedicated 24/7 Contact Center for assistance.
OFW Pass QR Code
After receiving your OFW Pass, you will also get a unique QR Code. This code is used to verify your identity and information at various locations such as airports and other government agencies.
The way it works is simple; all you have to do is scan the QR Code at the point of entry or verification, and the required details will be displayed on screen for instant validation. This eliminates the hassle of obtaining an OEC and can simply show this digital identity when travelling overseas. Plus, the OFW Pass also stores all important information such as government documents, insurance policies, employment contracts and other relevant documentation.
With this new system in place, Filipino migrants can look forward to a better experience abroad. We are excited for what this new technology will bring to our Overseas Filipino Workers.
Video: Understanding the OFW Pass and DMW Mobile Application
To assist with the transition, an orientation video detailing the OFW Pass and the DMW Mobile App is available and how you can secure this OFW pass.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve provided answers to frequently asked questions concerning the DMW Mobile Application, the OFW Pass, and the transition from the OEC.
1. What is the OFW Pass?
The OFW Pass is a digital identification created by the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) specifically for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). It serves as proof of identity and employment status.
2. How do I get an OFW Pass?
You can obtain the OFW Pass through the DMW Mobile App. You’ll need to register, verify your email, provide necessary details, upload required documents, and submit your application.
3. Can I still use my OEC?
Yes, during the transition period, OECs will still be honored for two months following the launch of the OFW Pass. However, the goal is to eventually phase out the physical OEC and fully transition to the OFW Pass.
4. Is there a cost associated with the OFW Pass?
No, the OFW Pass is free of charge. This makes it a more cost-effective solution compared to the OEC.
5. How long is the OFW Pass valid for?
The OFW Pass remains valid until the expiration of your work contract. This provides a more flexible and longer-term solution for digital identification compared to the OEC.
6. What if I encounter problems while applying for the OFW Pass?
If you encounter any issues during the application process, you can reach out to the DMW’s dedicated 24/7 Contact Center for assistance.
7. What happens in Phase 2 of the OFW Pass?
In Phase 2, the OFW Pass will integrate with other government agencies for faster and more streamlined services.
8. What is the DMW Mobile App?
The DMW Mobile App is a digital platform developed by the DMW to provide convenience and accessibility to OFWs. It’s where you can apply for and access your OFW Pass.
9. Will the OFW Pass be recognized by other countries?
The OFW Pass serves as proof of identity and employment status for OFWs in the Philippines. Recognition by other countries will depend on their policies and agreements with the Philippines.
10. Who can assist me in understanding how to use the OFW Pass?
Filipino community volunteers worldwide will provide guidance to OFWs on obtaining and utilizing the OFW Pass. You can also refer to the orientation video provided in the DMW Mobile App for further understanding.
Looking Ahead: The OFW Pass and Beyond
In conclusion, the OFW Pass marks a significant advancement in the OFW experience, offering more accessible, cost-effective, and efficient services. As we move towards a digital future, the OFW Pass ensures that our kabayan are not left behind.
Remember, the DMW Mobile App is primarily designed for use by OFWs, but it also provides relevant functionalities for other stakeholders such as government agencies and employers. While the availability of the OFW Pass does not immediately invalidate the OEC, the ultimate goal is to phase out the physical certificate – making way for a more efficient, digital future.