Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the iDOLE, or the DOLE’s identification card for OFWs, is set to be launched in a simple ceremony in Malacañang this morning. Facebook Screengrab/Presidential Communications, File

ID for OFWs launched today
Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) - July 11, 2017 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is launching today the identification card for millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the iDOLE, or the DOLE’s identification card for OFWs, is set to be launched in a simple ceremony in Malacañang this morning.

The DOLE initially prepared 200 ID cards for the official launch of the new ID system.

The government will be printing at least four million IDs to cover both active and inactive OFWs. Bello said inactive OFWs just need to submit an old record of employment abroad in applying for iDOLE.

“We have to prepare at least four million ID cards to cover even those not working abroad anymore because when you become an OFW, you become an OFW permanently,” he explained.

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