From being a replacement of OEC to a card which can be used for government transactions like OWWA, DFA, SSS, Philhealth, NBI, and Pag-Ibig, the government is further expanding the benefits of becoming an OFW ID bearer.

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, they are working to have the OFW ID double as temporary passports, this is despite the grave accusations of ACTS-OFW party-list Rep Aniceto Bertiz that OFW ID is just wallet fillers because they are not even machine-readable.

Moreover, Bello will make a request to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to allow the utilization of OFW ID’s to become a temporary substitute to lost passports.

The distribution of OFW IDs started last December and it served as a replacement to overseas employment certificates.

However, the distribution which was particularly made by the Department of Labor and Employment was temporarily halted due to the increasing number of complaints stating that OFW IDs were being charged instead of having it for free.

Bello also denied that he and Bertiz have personal riff follow the comments she made towards the OFW card program.

“Baka nabibigla lang si congressman. Kaibigan ko ‘yan e,” Bello said.

There is no further news as to when the DOLE will resume the release of the OFW IDs.

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