Please be advised that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is now called the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW). The POEA.GOV.PH website is not working anymore, with a “Page cannot be displayed” error. You have to visit the DMW.GOV.PH to check out the new website. When you also check the official FB Page of POEA, it now redirects to the Department of Migrant Workers office page.
The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is a newly formed government agency that acts as an OFW department and merges different offices such as the POEA, CFO, OUMWA, NMP, ILAB, ISSO, and all POLO offices.
The DMW office is transitioning to a new system, and as part of that process, some changes will be made. You should not be concerned about this, as it is only natural during the transition period of the DMW office’s implementation this year. It is planned to be completed by 2023.
Agencies to be Merged to the New DMW Office – OFW Department
As mentioned before, the DMW office will merge a variety of OFW-centric offices. Some of these offices merged into the DMW office include:
- Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
- Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) currently under the Office of the President
- Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA) currently under the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
- National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) is currently under DOLE
- National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) currently under the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)
- International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) is currently under DOLE
- International Social Services Office (ISSO) currently under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD
- All Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) are currently under the DOLE
Note: All of these changes are still being updated so there may be constant updates being done on the websites and the the system. Please expect that if you have specific inquiries or you need to process a certain request/document, the previous agencies are still the ones who will be handling your request until further notice.
OEC Certificate at DMW eRegistration Portal Online Services
One of the integral part of Overseas Filipino Workers to make sure that they have a valid work abroad is that they need to secure an OEC (Overseas Employment Certificate) in the Philippines. This is done by going to the POEA office and by applying online.
As the POEA website is no longer working, OFWs need to go through the DMW Balik Manggagawa Online Service Portal. They have the register through the eRegistration portal at – https://onlineservices.dmw.gov.ph/OnlineServices/POEAOnline.aspx
From POEA.GOV.PH to DMW.GOV.PH
In case you are wondering how to visit the new DMW office website, it is pretty simple. You can just type in the URL – https://www.dmw.gov.ph/ on your web browser and it will bring you to the home page of the Department of Migrant Workers’ official website.
If you have bookmarked the POEA website before, you need to update the URL as poea.gov.ph is no longer working.
As of now, the old POEA website is not working and OFWs are advised to go to the new DMW website for updates and announcements related to their work abroad. The DMW office is still in its transition period, and changes are still being made in order for the agency to function smoothly.
The POEA website is no longer working and has been replaced by the DMW website. The DMW is a newly formed government agency that acts as an OFW department and merges different offices such as the POEA, CFO, and OUMWA. Some changes have been made to the way OFWs apply for an OEC, and they are now required to register through the eRegistration portal on the DMW website. The old POEA website is no longer working and OFWs are advised to go to the new DMW website for updates and announcements related to their work abroad.
So to all Filipinos, especially those who are working or planning to work abroad, please be guided with the changes that have been made with our government agencies. Visit the new DMW website for announcements and updates, and register through the eRegistration portal to apply for an OEC. Let us all help our kababayans in this time of transition as we hope for a smoother and more efficient system that will better serve OFWs.