The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) recently announced that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) can finally get their employment certificates online starting October 27.
According to DMW Sec. Susan Ople, these OECs can be downloaded into the mobile phone through a digital app that they will launch.
“We were set to launch on October 15. But we decided to move it back to October 27,” says Ople during the DWM presentation at the Joint Maritime Committees of European Business Chambers.
The DWM secretary explained that the launching was delayed because they had to perform a series of tests on the digital portal. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) participated in making sure that there are no irregularities on this app.
“We pushed it back a bit just to ensure that once we roll it out, the glitches will really just be the bare minimum,” says Ople.
According to Ople, through this digitalization, the process of securing an OEC will be lessened.
“So with this app, the worker can store the passport image, and then there will be the OEC in a QR format. So that the Bureau of Immigration only can look at that.”
Additionally, OFWs can store personal files for the application in this digital app. A help desk can also be accessed within the app in case OFWs have further questions.
“That’s just a prototype of the OFW mobile app. It’s still evolving. We have daily meetings now in preparation for the launch,” says Ople.