Philippines – ID card system for OFWs launched

By | July 12, 2017

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) launched Wednesday the national identification card system for millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the new ID system, a major component of Integrated Dole System (iDole), was a project of Dole partnered with Social Security System, Development Bank of the Philippines, and PhilPost. Abella said employers of bona fide Filipino migrant workers would be the ones to shoulder the cost that will be spent for the new ID system. “OFWs who carry this ID would mean that his documents have been legally processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration,” Abella said. “The processing of the iDole would be shouldered by the employers; hence, OFWs need not pay for the cost of the ID, which would be delivered by PhilPost to their respective addresses,” he added. The OFW card will serve as a universal ID for all government transactions, a debit card and an ATM card for OFW banks, and a beep card for the Light Rail Transit and Metro Rail Transit stations. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has said the national IS system is the “best gift” of the President to all OFWs. The government is also mulling to make the new ID as passport of Filipino workers abroad. (SunStar Philippines)

Source: Sun Star