Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Bello confirms that OEC will no longer be required for OFWs to complete the process and pass the immigration. This was revealed through his conversation with ASec Mocha Uson. He said, OEC will be abolished, because President Rodrigo Duterte signed the approval of the issuance of I-DOLE, or OFW ID. They will start producing the free OFW ID starting end of July  this year.

Instead the OFW ID or I- DOLE will replace the said document. The OFW identification card can also be used as transaction document for SSS, Philhealth and Pag-ibig members. They are also studying the options that through this, the OFW ID card would serve as electronic passport.