All Filipinos who have ever planned to leave their home, find a job in another country and settle abroad, should probably know what an OEC is, as it has always been required from them in order for them to have that option. An OEC is an Overseas Employment Certificate, and as the name implies, it is a certificate that enables Filipinos to get properly employed in any country in the world other than their home country.
The good news is that starting from the end of the month of July, at least in the United Arab Emirates, no Overseas Employment Certificate will be required from any Filipino wishing to find a job and get employed in the country. The UAE will not be requiring an OEC from any Filipino expat anymore, in fact, no OECs will be used within the Arab Emirates anymore. This news was revealed in a commentary that was broadcasted live. The commentary involved Silvestre Bello, the Labor Secretary, and Mocha Uson, the Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary (Source: Khaleej Times, July 3rd, 2017).
Naturally, the commentary was broadcasted in Filipino. According to the Labor Secretary, Mr. Bello, the use of the Overseas Employment Certificate is to be replaced with the use of the I-Dole.
What is an I-DOLE?
An I-Dole is a sort of identification for all Overseas Filipino Workers, it comes in the form of an ID card. Starting from the end of July, OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers), will not need to present an Overseas Employment Certificate. Instead, in accordance to what was stated by GMA News, any OFW just needs to hold their I-Dole.
Using this I-DOLE, all government transactions can be processed virtually. All OFWs need to do is either visit the official website, or download the mobile application. Whether you need to process a document, or a contribution or any process related an agency in relevance to the Department of Labor and Employment, it could be done online. It could not have been made any easier for you, as all information will be available to you on a screen wherever you are.
Any Filipino wanting to immigrate to the UAE, can apply for this identification card, the I-DOLE, through the Department of Labor and Employment. That is all they need to do, as the I-DOLE will completely substitute the OEC.
What About the Cost?
If you are, or about to be, a Filipino expat, you need not worry about the cost of the I-DOLE card. This announcement is in your benefit. As, this identification card would not cost you anything as a Filipino migrant, while applying for an OEC had its charges. In the UAE, for example, an OEC from the consulate would cost the applicant around AED 110 (Emirati Dirhams). The I-Dole comes at absolutely no issuance charges. Yes, it is free!