Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) may finally get their highly anticipated identification card (ID) to be issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) starting next week. The iDOLE card aims to fast track government transactions for OFWs.
In a report by Manila Bulletin, Labor Undersecretary and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Officer-in-charge Administrator Bernard Olalia said the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the implementation of their integrated DOLE system or iDOLE system are now being finalized.
The iDole system will allow its users through the OFW ID to access data from POEA, Overseas Workers Welfare Adminstration (OWWA), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
All of the above agencies have already signed the Memorandum of Agreement except for DFA, said Olalia.
The guidelines will contain the issuance and application process for the OFW ID. The agency is targeting to start the printing and distribution of the OFW ID either on December 5 or 6 in time for the holidays when many OFWs arrive.
APO Production Unit, another signatory of the MOA has already coordinated with DOLE for the printing of the OFW IDs.
The ID would be available for OFWs, but only after they applied for it, noted Olalia.