THE new Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE)-issued overseas Filipino worker (OFW) ID card will first undergo a three-month pilot run before Filipino migrant workers can use it as an automated overseas employment certificate, among other benefits.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Friday explained that the pilot test is necessary to ensure a hassle-free use by qualified OFWs as soon as the DoLE is able to come up with guidelines on how to avail of the ID card.
The OFW ID card is a major component of the Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) system.
It will spare the OFWs from the trouble of going to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to secure his or her OEC before leaving for abroad.
Launched on Wednesday, Bello described the iDOLE ID card as the “best gift” that President Rodrigo Duterte is giving to millions of OFWs for easy transactions with government and private agencies concerning their overseas employment.
After the pilot run, the ID card will serve as the Travel Exit Clearance of OFWs for two years from the date of issuance and it will entitle them to travel tax and terminal fee exemptions.
With the OFW ID card, the OFWs can also access government records electronically without the need to go to concerned government offices and as debit and an ATM card for the OFW Bank and as well as beep card for light rail systems in Metro Manila.
Bello said the ID card, which is equipped with a QR code as security feature will be printed by the government, run APO Printing Unit, a highly-sensitive security printing services that also prints Philippine passports.
According to the Labor chief, once the guidelines are out, the POEA will upload names of the duly registered OFWs to the DoLE cloud, then downloaded for printing.
“All the unique ID cards will be delivered to them, whether they are in the Philippines or overseas,” Bello said.
Also, OFWs can later log in and create an account in the iDOLE.ph or the iDOLE One-Stop Online Facility/Portal, which is currently being upgraded, for the OFWs to access their government records electronically without the need to go to concerned government offices prior to their deployment.
“We have printed these unique ID cards and provided one to an OFW who works as event manager in New Zealand during the soft launching with President Duterte,” Bello said.
“With the OFW ID card, our Bagong Bayani will no longer need to fall in line in transacting with government and private agencies for their overseas employment as they can now access the services online,” he added.
The iDOLE system is aimed at linking databases of DoLE offices and agencies with other government agencies for a more reliable, updated and complete Labor Market Information System for employment facilitation purposes.