Back in the Philippines for this holiday season? Before you go wild on your Christmas parties and reunions, make sure to have the time to get your OFW ID Card first.
Announcing its first phase of ID implementation, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) rolls out the first batch of OFW ID cards this December.
The First Phase caters to Balik Mangagawa (BM) or Workers-on-Leave (for now) before servicing the whole Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) population.
According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, “They can log in and create an account with the iDOLE.ph or the iDOLE one-stop online facility and apply for the OFW ID by putting their latest and valid Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) number. The ID is equipped with decrypted QR code for security.”
The OFW IDs is planned to serve as the OFW’s OEC for the future. Also, the OFW ID Cards allows our modern day heroes to transact their government documentary requirements thru the iDOLE eServices system.
The iDOLE inter-links services between multiple government agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and the Bureau of Immigration among others. Unlike before, our OFWs need not line up for their government records.
“This is free for the OFWs. We do not want them to shoulder the cost because this is a gift from the President in recognition of their sacrifices and contribution to the economy,” stated by Labor Secretary Bello.
This is a good turnout as this was previously faced with controversies over lack of guidelines. This is just the first phase of its implementation. Expect to get more benefits from the OFW ID Card in the future.