OFW ID cards are already out. According to reports, this will be given for FREE to all OFWS. The question of many – Who will shoulder the expenses?
Here’s the answer to that – It appears that Overseas Workers Welfare Administration allocated about P50 million to cover the expenses of printing OFW ID cards.
According to the Secretary of Labor and Employment Silvestre Bello III, they made the decision at the board resolution after taking in consideration some other source of funds for the said project.
Bello also said that there are other companies who volunteered to shoulder the expenses.
“But we decided for OWWA to shoulder the printing…we are wary that some (companies) might pay for it (ID) but might ask something in return,” says Bello.
It can also be recalled that DOLE eyed private recruiters as well as foreign employers to shoulder the payment for the printing of OFW IDs.
However, DOLE rejected the proposal mainly due to the opposition voiced out by the recruitment industry.
Bello maintained its previous statement that OFW IDs are FREE of charge for OFWs except if they use a courier to deliver it in their respective homes.
“If they would want it delivered, they would have to pay for the delivery cost. Otherwise they could claim in OWWA,” Bello confirms.
DOLE previously said that they want to print the IDs and distribute it in the first week of December, just in time for the Christmas holidays were OFWs are expecting to come home to their families in the Philippines.
However, due to the delays in guidelines, DOLE failed to meet the tentative deadline for the issuance of the OFW IDs.
This guidelines should contain the application process and the issuance of the OFW ID.
A lot of OFWs are waiting to have this ID because of its numerous advantages including exemptions of terminal fees and travel tax.