OFW tracking system activated — DOLE

Published June 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Leslie Ann Aquino

To facilitate an orderly and smooth repatriation of overseas Filipino workers, the Department of Labor and Employment has activated a tracking system called the OFW Assistance Information System (OASIS).

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said through the said system, the government can track the whereabouts of returning OFWs and provide them prompt assistance and relief upon their return to the country.


“An oasis symbolizes hope in a desert of trials. The system that we created aims to give our OFWs a ray of hope by ensuring that we provide them efficient and timely assistance to ease their anxieties when returning home in the midst of this (COVID-19) pandemic,” he said in a statement Thursday, June 11.

Run by the DOLE Command Center, the system will serve as a reliable database for OFWs displaced by the pandemic to help the government determine and immediately provide the kind of support they need once they land at the country’s airports.

The said system will help the labor department identify and classify arriving OFWs in a number of ways to facilitate organized arrival at the airport, efficient swab testing, and rapid pick up and transport to their respective hotels and homes and other necessary processes.

The DOLE said knowing the airlines the OFWs used, their health condition, local addresses, and other relevant data in the tracker will help the government dispense assistance they need.

To be tracked, the labor department asked OFWs bound for home to register online with OASIS through oasis.owwa.gov.ph.

“Once there, they need to Click ‘Register’ and fill out the form by providing appropriate data and information,” said DOLE.

“They should check the box to certify they have read the form, understood its contents and give consent to process their data under the Data Privacy Act of 2012. Then click the ‘submit’ button,” added the department.

DOLE said a link will then be sent to the email of the individual to notify that they have successfully registered in the OASIS.

If OFWs need to update any information entered in the system, the labor department said one simply needs to click the link sent to their email and proceed with updating their information.

The DOLE, however, reminded OFWs to properly accomplish the forms to make the tracking system work effectively. OASIS was developed by DOLE, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).