In this guide, I will show you how to get OWWA Ofw e-Card step by step. I also help you avoid some mistakes that I did when I started out.
The OFW E-Card is being issued for free.
The e-card can be used for OWWA services such as welfare programs, scholarship applications, training programs, and other social benefits.
Just collect the card after paying the POEA processing fee and the OWWA membership and Medicare fees at the POEA office.
What is OWWA OFW e-Card?
The OWWA OFW e-Card is proof that you are an active member of OWWA and eagerly seeking to have ease of access to the programs and services offered by OWWA.
It also serves as a government-issued ID and can be presented to any Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and Embassy or Consulate abroad in circumstances wherein you’ll be needing assistance and/or service from OWWA.
How to get OWWA OFW e-Card Online
For the application, following these step by step guide:
- Go to OWWA’s official website (ecard.owwa.gov.ph)
- Input the following information: Name, Birth-date, Contact Number, Passport Number, Valid POEA OEC Number.
- Chose which OWWA Regional Office you’d like to obtain your OFW e-Card. You may get e-Card in POEA Head Office, POEA Regional Office in Cebu City, OWWA Head Office, Singapore and U.A.E (Abu Dhabi and Dubai)
- Check the Data Privacy Act and input the appropriate CAPTCHA.
- Click ‘Submit’ button after you’ve filled out all the necessary information.
- You’ll be given a Tracking Number that will serve as a proof that your application for OWWA OFW e-Card has been accepted.
- Input your e-mail address or Facebook Profile name to monitor the status of your OWWA OFW e-Card application.
Who can apply for the OWWA OFW e-Card?
All returning workers or ‘balik-manggagawa‘ that have active OWWA membership, valid Overseas Employment Certificate/Exemption Number, and valid passport may apply for the OFW e-Card. Remember that your OWWA membership should be effective for more than ninety (90) days from the day of your application to have your OFW e-Card.
Can a new OFW apply for the OWWA OFW e-Card?
As of the moment, the OWWA OFW e-Card is just in Phase 1 that’s why it’s only offered to the balik-manggagawa. But the OFW e-card will be available to the rest of the active members of OWWA on Phase 2.
Who are the so-called ‘Balik-Manggagawa’?
According to the POEA Rules and Regulations, Balik-manggagawa is an OFW who was able to finish or currently finishing an employment contract and:
- Will be employed by the same employer in the same place of work; and
- Will be employed by the same employer in different places of work.
The new hires, direct hires, and Government Placement Branch (GBP) hired workers are not included as balik-manggagawa.
What are the benefits of OWWA OFW e-Card?
The OWWA OFW e-Card can be used by OWWA members for various benefits such as:
- Ease of access in availing of programs and services offered by OWWA;
- Will serve as an exit clearance when you’re leaving a country – Instead of using your OEC paper, you can now use your e-card as your OEC.
- Obtaining of Digital OWWA OFW e-Card on OWWA Mobile App that has the same weight of benefits of a tangible OWWA OFW e-Card;
- OWWA OFW ecard will be recognized by DFA as your valid ID whenever you renew your passport
- This card is considered a government-issued Identification Card that you can present as your valid ID.
How will I know the status of my OWWA Membership?
To know the status of your OWWA Membership, you may download the OWWA Mobile App on your smartphones through Google Play and App Store.
You may also go to POLO-OWWA if you are already working abroad or go to your nearest OWWA Regional Welfare Office if you are in the Philippines.
Where will I renew my OWWA Membership if it’s expired already?
If your OWWA Member is expired already but still has an active contract, you may renew it through the following methods:
- Online – Visit www.owwa.gov.ph and go to the Online Application Form for OWWA OFW e-Card. You may also renew using your OWWA Mobile App.
- Abroad – Go to the POLO-OWWA office in the country where you’re working.
- In the Philippines – Go to the nearest OWWA Regional Welfare Office or at the satellite offices of OWWA that you may find at POEA Ortigas, NAIA Terminal 1, 2, and 3, Trinoma, and Duty-Free Fiesta Mall.
How to Check OWWA OFW e-CARD Status?
Fields: Most forms are These are boxes into which you type information:
- Please enter your tracking no. in ecard.owwa.gov.ph/applicationform/tracker.php
- Please enter your passport no.
- Birth Date.
- and Click Submit
List of OWWA-POLO Offices
Here are the list of OWWA-POLO Offices all over the world:
Address: Philippine Embassy, Villa # 8, St. No. 8, Sector 94, Zone 2, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Contact Number: (9712) 639-0024(DL) / 658-2889 / 639-0023
Address: Philippine Overseas Labor Office, P.O. Box 94366, Riyadh 11693, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Contact Number: (9663)894-1846 / 894-2890, (9665) 01269742
Address: Philippine Embassy, No. 1 Moonah Place, Yarralumla, ACT 2600, Australia
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (612)6273-8882
Address: Philippine Embassy, Villa 939 Road 3220, Blk 334, Mahooz Area, Kingdom of Bahrain
Email Address: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (973)177-40951 / 177-21234 / 177-40139 / 177-40751
Address: Philippine Embassy, Simpang 336, Diplomatic Enclave, Kampung Kianggeh Jalan Kebangsaan, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Email Address: email@example.com / Carl_Brunei@yahoo.com
Contact Number: (6732) 237-052 (DL) / 236-981 Hotline: 874-1972 / 883-0933
Address: Philippine Overseas Labor Office, Beirut Street No. 35A Al Qusais 3, Community 234, , Dubai UAE
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Contact Number: (9714) 220-7011 / 265-9974
Address: Philippine Mission to the United Nations, 47 Avenue Blanc 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Contact Number:(4122) 716-1930
Address: Philippine Embassy, 158 Sevastoupoleus St., Ambelokipi, Athens, Greece
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Telefax: (30210) 698-3335
Address: Philippine Consulate General, 14/F United Center, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, Hongkong
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (852) 2823-8567
Address: Philippine Consulate General, Umm Al Qurah Street, Al Rehab District 3, P.O. Box 16254, Jeddah 21464
Email Address: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number:(9662) 676-3966
Address: Philippine Overseas Labor Office, No.6, Al Thiyabat Street, TLA Al-Ali, Amman, Jordan
Contact Number: (9626) 535-0169 / 535-0293
Address: MECO Labor Center, 9F-2 No. 80 Grand 50 Tower, Mintzu First Road, San Min District, Kaohsuing City, Taiwan
Email Address: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (8867)398-2475 / 398-7078
Address: Philippine Embassy, No. 5-1 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Email Address: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (822)3785-3634 / 35
Address: Philippine Embassy, No. 1 Changkat Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Email Address: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (603) 2145-9485 / 2142-5299 / 2143-3361
Address: Philippine Embassy, Block 7, St 103 Villa No 44, Jabriya, P.O. Box 26288, Code 13123, State of Kuwait
Email Address: email@example.com
Contact Number: (965) 2532-5162 (DL) / 5167 / 5164 / 2534-2109 / 2534-6507 / 2534-6508
Address: Philippine Embassy, 1/F and 2/F Building No. 29, Plot 511, Charles Malek Avenue, Ashrafieh Beirut, Lebanon
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (9611) 204-328
Address: Philippine Embassy, Gargaresh Road, Km. 7, Hay Andalous, Tripoli, Libya
Email Address: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (21821) 483-7059 (FWRC/OWWA)
Address: Philippine Embassy, 6 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG
Email Address: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (44207) 451-1832 / 451-1833 / 839-8039
Macau (HK extension office)
Address: Philippine Consulate General, Unit 1407, 14/F AIA Tower 251-A 301, Avenida Commercial de Macau, Macau SAR
Email Address: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (853) 2871-5039
Address: Philippine Overseas Labor Office, Calle Alcala 149, 2B, 28009, Madrid, Spain
Email Address: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Contact Number: (3491) 781-8624 / 7818626 (OWWA)
Address: Philippine Consulate General, Via Stromboli 1, 20144 Milan, Italy
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (3902) 435-11524 / 435-11529 loc 214/219
Address: Philippine Embassy, P.O. Box 50420 Postal Code 115, Madeinath Qaboos, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Email Address: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (96824) 605-143
Address: Philippine Embassy, P.O. Box 94366, Riyadh 11693, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Email Address: email@example.com
Contact Number:(9661) 480-6593
Address: Philippine Embassy, 4040 Al-Wahda St., West Bay, Doha, State of Qatar
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Contact Number: (974) 44861-220 (DL) / 44870-487 (OWWA)
Address: Philippine Embassy, P.O. Box 94366 Riyadh 11693, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (9661)483-2201 to 03
Address: Philippine Embassy, Via Delle Medaglie D’Oro, 112-114, 00136 Rome, Italy
Email Address: email@example.com
Contact Number: (3906) 397-46101 / 397-51751 (OWWA) / 397-21505 (SSS)
Address: Philippine Embassy, 20 Nassim Road, Singapore 258395
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Contact Number: (65) 6835-3780 / 6733-2991 / 6834-1690 / 6732-7509 (OWWA)
Address: Philippine Embassy, 56 Hamze IBM Abdul Mutaleb Street, West Mezzeh, Damascus, Syria
Contact Number: (96311) 612-5138 / 613-2626
Address: MECO Labor Center, Cathay Insurance Chung Gang Bldg., 4/F, Suite 2A, Min Chuan Road cor. Taichung Gang Road, Taichung City, Taiwan
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Contact Number: (88642)302-9089 / 302-9093 (OWWA)
Address: MECO Labor Center 11F, 176 Chang Chun Road, Chung Shan District,10479 Taipei City, Taiwan
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Contact Number: (8862)250-79803 to 04 / 250-79812
Address: Philippine Embassy, 1-15-5 Roppongi Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Contact Number: (813) 5562-1573 / 5562-1574 / 5562-1600 (OWWA)
Address: Philippine Consulate General, 161 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 801, Toronto, Ontario
M4P 1J5 Canada
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
Contact Number: (1416) 975-8252
Address: Philippine Consulate General, Philippine Overseas Labor Office, 410-675 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 1N2
Contact Number: (1604) 682-5770
Address: Philippine Embassy, 1600 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (1202) 467-9425 to 26 (DL)
For more information, you may reach OWWA Membership Processing Center through their local number: 891 7601 local 5702/5704 or 09179681563, e-mail them at email@example.com. For POEA, you may e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 705 129 / 722 2873.