Philippine government to replace OECs required for overseas Filipino workers with identification cards

There are approximately 10 million overseas Filipino workers in 170 countries, with 1 million in Saudi Arabia alone. (Reuters)
Updated 04 July 2017

Philippine government to replace OECs required for overseas Filipino workers with identification cards

The Philippine labor department by the end of July will start to issue identification cards for overseas Filipino workers and do away with the overseas employment certificates being required before they are deployed abroad.
“We will start implementing I-DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) cards to all bona fide OFWs at no cost. This will be the substitute for the OECs,” labor secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a live commentary with Presidential Communications Office assistant secretary Margaux Uson over Facebook.
The initiative, one of the major priorities under president Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, will be launched on July 12.
Filipinos working abroad have long complained about the difficulty of obtaining OECs whenever they have to go back home or return to their workplaces since they have to hurdle long queues just to get one.
Aside from providing the basic information and replacing the OEC, the ID will also serve as the migrant workers’ Social Security System (SSS), Pag-ibig Fund and PhilHealth membership IDs.
The labor secretary, in a separate briefing at Malacañan Palace, also said that they are exploring a system that would allow the I-DOLE cards to also be designated passport of OFWs.
“We are talking to the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) and the DOJ (Department of Justice) through its agency, the Bureau of Immigration, so that the IDOLE may be used as a passport,” he said.
There are approximately 10 million OFWs in 170 countries, with 1 million in Saudi Arabia alone, followed by Japan, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan.
Last year, OFW remittances reached a record $26.9 billion, up 5 percent from $25.61 billion in 2015 with almost 80 percent of the amount send from countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Singapore, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.


Musk says Tesla to build new factory near Berlin

Updated 13 November 2019

Musk says Tesla to build new factory near Berlin

  • News agency dpa reported that Musk made the announcement during a prizegiving ceremony
  • Musk wrote on Twitter that the new plant "will build batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with Model Y."

BERLIN: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car pioneer plans to build a new factory near Berlin.

News agency dpa reported that Musk made the announcement during a prizegiving ceremony in the German capital Tuesday evening.

He said that the plan is for the factory to be built near Berlin's new airport, which is located just outside the city limits in neighboring Brandenburg state and currently slated to open next year after years of delays.

Musk wrote on Twitter that the new plant "will build batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with Model Y."

Regional officials in Berlin and Brandenburg welcomed the announcement.