DOLE allocates P10-M fund for completion of OFW IDs this year

  • P10M worth of fund has been allocated by the  Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to complete the new OFW IDs this year
  • Aside from the labor department, other agencies will allocate separate budget for the project
  • Project will serve like a virtual one-stop shop for OFWs

A total of P10 million fund has been allocated by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to complete the development of its new overseas Filipino workers (OFW) ID this year.

This was revealed by Labor undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III who noted that the fund is from DOLE alone. Other agencies, he added, have a separate budget for the OFW ID, an article written by Samuel Medenilla on Manila Bulletin mentioned.

As such, Lagunzad said the budget was sourced from DOLE’s Information System Strategic Plan (ISSP); noting that the fund allocation will be utilized to create the ID and the mobile application system that will allow OFWs to access the necessary files in government agencies needed for their deployment abroad.

In stating this, Lagunzad said the project will serve like a virtual one-stop shop for OFWs.

As explained by the labor undersecretary, the new OFW ID will make use of a much simpler system to what is being used by automated teller machines which is unlike existing universal government ID cards.

“There is no issue of interoperability. We will not ask the machines of those agencies to directly talk. There is just a card, which is a gate, which allows the OFWs to access each separate agency where they have a file,” Lagunzad was quoted saying.

In addition to its features, the data and transactions of the OFW ID will be stored in a server which will be managed by the labor department.

As noted by Lagunzad, the DOLE have already successfully completed the first phase of their six-part project as early as last month; citing the pilot demonstrated that the ID can actually access the files of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Now in the second phase of the project, the DOLE will expand the coverage of the ID system to include government agencies outside DOLE’s affiliate offices.

Printing of IDs on a limited scale so it could be field tested by OFWs will soon start.