The overall process for Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) was made even easier after the palace approved the special OFW identification cards.
According to the report of ABS-CBN, the identification card is designed to make it easier for workers abroad to make use of the government’s services while they’re staying in the country.
Almost a month ago, President Rodrigo Duterte finally approved the iDOLE-OFW ID card system. However, according to Palace spokesperson Ernesto Abella, it comes with conditions. Unfortunately, Abella did not disclose further details regarding the program when the news came out.
The OFW card provides convenience as it makes transaction with government and private agencies easier. Also, cardholders will have easy access to their own records in government agencies.
The card comes with unique features as well. The card can be used as a debit card to withdraw cash from ATMs. Additionally, it also serves as a beep card for Metro Rail Transit (MRT) or Light Rail Transit (LRT) train rides.
According to Labor and Employment secretary Silvestre Bello III, the OFW IDs will be launched on March 2017.