How To Get An OFW ID Card In The Philippines (Requirements, Registration, And Application)

The new OFW ID card also known as the iDOLE was launched by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on July 12, 2017. In coming up with the card, the agency partnered with the Social Security System (SSS), the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost), and other government agencies and departments. All overseas Filipino workers can avail of the ID card for free. You don't have to pay anything to get the card. The new system will likely replace the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).

Steps On How To Get An OFW ID Card
Note 1: If you are already an OFW, you don't have to register and apply for the card. According to DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, as long as you legally processed all your documents through POEA, your OFW ID will be processed and given to you. This is because your name is already in the official roster of OFWs. In short, you can only avail of the card if you have been legally processed for deployment abroad.

Note 2: If you are an inactive OFW, you can still avail of the card. But you must submit your old record of employment abroad when you apply for the card.

Note 3: As of this time, no IDs will be distributed because DOLE is still finalizing the guidelines on the implementation of the program. The agency will be announcing the proper procedure soon.

1. Go to the official website of the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) then fill out the necessary information. (Online application and verification is not available as of this time.)
2. Go to the nearest DOLE office near you to inquire. Don't forget to bring identification documents with you. If you are an inactive OFW, bring your old record of employment abroad. Also bring your Overseas Employment Certificate with you.
3. Follow the processing steps as provided by the officer in charge.
4. If the processing is complete, you just have to wait for the card to be delivered to your home address by PhilPost.
OFW ID Card Sample
Benefits Of Getting The OFW ID Card
1. If you are a Filipino migrant worker, processing of your documents will be a lot faster.
2. The card serves as proof that all the documents you have were legally processed through the POEA.
3. The card will serve as your travel exit clearance and it has a validity of up to two (2) years.
4. With the card, you don't have to pay for travel tax and terminal fee.
5. The card can be used for transactions with the SSS, Pag-ibig Fund, and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
6. Talks are currently ongoing between DOLE and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to allow OFWs to use the card in lieu of their passports.

How Much Does The OFW ID cost?
It's free. You don't have to pay anything. According to DOLE, the cost will be shouldered by your employer. The agency added that employers will be mandated to provide their employees with the ID card.

What About OFWs Who Are Currently Living Outside The Philippines?
For workers who are already outside of the country, an online application will be available soon according to DOLE. The cards will be printed locally. For example, if you are in the United States, you can apply online but the card will be printed in the Philippines.

Wonderful Wonderful Songs List: The 5th Studio Album By The Killers

Wonderful Wonderful is the fifth studio album of The Killers. The announced release date will be on September 20, 2017 via Island Records. The lead single from the album is The Man which was released to the airwaves on June 14, 2017. The official songs list for the album is yet to be announced.

Initial list of songs from the album:
1. The Man
2. Run for Cover
3. Wonderful Wonderful
4. Some Kind of Love (features Brian Eno)
5. Have All The Songs Been Written? (features Mark Knopfler)
6. Rut
7. Life to Come
8. Tyson vs. Douglas

Previous albums by the band:
1. Hot Fuss (2004)
2. Sam's Town (2006)
3. Day & Age (2008)
4. Battle Born (2012)
Wonderful Wonderful album cover featuring Brandon Flowers's son Henry.

Mt. Tabayoc In Ballay, Kabayan, Benguet

Mt. Tabayoc is a mountain located in barangay Ballay in the town of Kabayan in the province of Benguet. It’s the second highest mountain in Luzon and the fifth highest mountain in the Philippines. It’s a popular destination for hikers, mountaineers, and adventurers. The mountain is very near other natural attractions in Kabayan such as the four Mystical Lakes (Tabeyo, Latep-Ngapos, Incolos, Ambulalakao), Mt. Timbak, Tinongshol Burial Caves (sometimes spelled as Tinongchol), and the Opdas Burial Cave.

Characteristics of the Mountain
Mt. Tabayoc is mostly covered by a thick mossy forest from the base to the summit. Unlike other high-altitude mountain peaks in Benguet wherein the summits are barren and grassy, the summit of Mt. Tabayoc is thickly forested. The vegetation is so thick it’s easy to get lost if you don’t have a trained guide with you. There’s only one trail to the summit which starts from Lake Tabeyo in Ballay which is also the jump-off point for trekkers. Mt. Tabayoc has two peaks. You know you’ve reached the first peak when the trail momentarily slopes down then goes up again. An artificial view deck has been built on the second peak to allow trekkers to view the surrounding mountains and the hills and valleys below.

How to Get to Mt. Tabayoc (Transportation)
There are two main routes on how to reach Ballay, Kabayan where Mt. Tabayoc is located. You can either pass through Bokod or through Halsema Highway via Atok. The only public transportation going to Ballay, Kabayan from Baguio City is via bus. The bus station is located at the Dangwa Station behind the Baguio Center Mall. The bus leaves at 10:00 am. The commute from Baguio City to Ballay, Kabayan can take between three to five hours. Where the bus stops in Ballay, you still have to hike to Lake Tabeyo where the ranger station is located. This is where you register as a hiker and pay for the corresponding fees.
How Long is the Hike Up Mt. Tabayoc?
It can take 1 to 5 hours depending on your pace. Advanced and experienced trekkers can easily reach the summit in under an hour. The trail isn’t that long but it’s more difficult to climb because of its steep incline and the fact that you have to go through thick vegetation entangled with tree trunks, roots, and vines. The trek up can be arduous. That said, hikers are advised to bring ample amounts of water and trail snacks. There are no water sources on the mountain. So every person should bring at least a liter of water with him/her.

Is Camping Allowed in Mt. Tabayoc?
No. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources prohibits camping on the mountain. The only designated camping site is the shores of Lake Tabeyo which is located at the base of the mountain. Mt. Tabayoc is still part of the protected Pulag Forest Reservation. People are only allowed to camp and build fires on designated areas.

Are there inns, hotels, lodges, or transient homes in Mt. Tabayoc?
Two lodges are currently being built just several meters away from Lake Tabeyo. Once finished, the buildings can accommodate dozens of people in a single night.

How To Fix The "Missing Logo" Error Notification On Facebook Instant Articles

If you sign up with Facebook's Instant Articles program, you will likely meet various obstacles during the process. This is especially true if you are not that familiar with programming languages and other coding-related issues. I signed up with Instant Articles a few days ago and it was all going well until I came to the "Submit for Review" section of the initial setup. A "missing logo" error message and notification keeps appearing which prevented me from submitting the five articles I just created.

Basically, the error message is as follows: "Missing logo. All articles must include a logo, which you can upload in the Style Editor." Needless to say, I went to the Style Editor section and created a new style. I uploaded a logo which is a picture that I've used in my website for several years. However, after uploading and saving the logo in the new style I just created, the "missing logo" error still appears on my configuration page.

Obviously, creating a new style and uploading a logo is merely the first step in fixing the error. What you need to do is go back to the "default" style and upload the same logo. Save it, wait for a few moments, refresh, and check if the error message has disappeared. This worked for me so I hope that it will work for you as well.

Once the "missing logo" error notification on Instant Articles has disappeared, you can now submit the initial articles you created for review. You will receive the following notification after submitting your articles: "Your review is currently pending. Article reviews are usually completed within 1-3 business days."
Always keep in mind that you won't be able to start publishing Instant Articles if your initial output hasn't been reviewed and approved. With that said, it's highly recommended that you see to it that the initial articles you submit follow all the rules and formats as put forth by Facebook. And of course, don't forget to connect your website with your page.

To summarize things, you have to upload a logo for the new style that you created as well as for the default style. This will fix the "missing logo" problem. It worked for me so I'm hoping that it will work for you as well.

Writing Contests In The Philippines 2017

The 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards
This is without a doubt the most influential writing competition in the Philippines. Writers who win a Palanca not only receives huge cash prizes, they'll also get the recognition they deserve for their works. The Palanca Awards has served as a springboard for a lot of successful Filipino writers. Winners of the prestigious competition include Alfred Yuson, Cirilo Bautista, Gregorio Brillantes, Jose Dalisay, and Jesus Peralta.

Prizes are as follows:
Prizes for winning entries range from 9,000 to 50,000.

Deadline of submissions: April 30

For more information:

The 1st Lampara Young Adult Story Writing Contest
Sponsored by the Lampara Publishing House, the goal of this contest is to find interesting stories that are suitable for young adults (those within the age range of 12 to 18). It's open for all writers at any age as long as they are Filipino citizens. Submissions must be original, never been published, offers a moral lesson, and contain between 40,000 to 50,000 words. There is no specific theme. You are free to decide on what theme or genre you want to write about. You can also submit as many entries as you deem necessary.

Prizes are as follows:
First: 35,000
Second: 20,000
Third: 15,000

Deadline of submission: July 14

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Writing Contests in the Philippines 2017
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