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Palace eyes free OECs via mobile app for OFWs

/ 04:55 AM July 10, 2023

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has directed the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and other agencies to explore the possibility of issuing Overseas Employment Certificates (OEC) for free to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) via an app.

In a statement on Sunday, the Presidential Communications Office said Marcos issued the directive during a meeting last week with the DMW, Bureau of Immigration and Department of Information and Communications Technology officials in Malacañang, where the migrant agency presented the DMW Mobile App.

Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople said the President was exuberant over the app as it was a simple yet effective digital solution to the OEC problems encountered by OFWs seeking jobs abroad. “Our overseas Filipino workers will not pay anything in order to use the mobile app, and in downloading and getting the OFW Pass,” she said.

The app contains the OFW Pass, a digital and secure version of the OEC, which serves as the digital identity of OFWs.

—Jerome Aning


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