The Philippine government has finally heard the cries of our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Transactions with the government are not easy tasks if you are outside the country for most of the time. As much as our OFWs would like to fulfill their responsibilities and requirements with the Philippine government, it is difficult when there are a lot of requirements which are time consuming. Securing an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is one example that OFWs have to do every time they go back home for a vacation.
Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte has given his conditional approval to the proposed all-in-one card system for OFWs. If one can recall, before this happened, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) had created a one-stop service center for OFWs. Because President Duterte aims to streamline government processes, through this project, they will take a step further in making it easier for OFWs to avail of government services while in the Philippines.
The said card system will be called iDOLE-OFW Identification Card System. will have several features, all geared toward improving the experience of OFWs when dealing with the government. In fact, more details about it has been revealed to the public through a recent interview conducted by Mocha Uson with Secretary of the Philippines’ Department of Labor and Employment, Silvestre Bello III.
The interview video has been published on the Mocha Uson Blog Facebook Page. Secretary Bello even shared the plans of the Land Bank of the Philippines buying Philippine Postal Bank and turning it into the OFW Bank. This OFW Bank will solely service OFWs so they can do their remittances and other banking transactions with more ease. More importantly, he has revealed the target date for the launch of the project which will be between October-November of this year.
- iDOLE Card Features:
- Easier transactions with the government and private agencies (Pag-IBIG, SSS and Philhealth)
- Access to OFWs’ records with government agencies
- Serves as the OFWs’ OEC
- Serves as a debit card for the OFW bank
- Serves as a reloadable Beep card that can be used for MRT or LRT rides