Sec. Bello Explains the Controversy Behind the Free iDOLE OFW ID


Secretary Silvestre Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) explains the controversy behind the Free iDOLE OFW Identification Card which will be issued by the national government as the ultimate replacement of the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).


TV5 reported that they tried to test the procedures on how to apply for iDOLE through the official website of the POEA. It is not only TV5 who discovered the controversy but some netizens took to social media as they complaint about the supposed payment for iDOLE.

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The national government announced earlier that the new iDOLE or OFW ID will be free to all Overseas Filipino Workers but some netizens were surprised with the huge amount to be paid before an iDOLE ID be issued.

DOLE Sec. Bello clarified all the issue surrounding the controversy of the iDOLE as he noted that the ID will be released officially this coming August 2017. It is free for all Filipinos and they will not pay a single centavo because it will be charged to their agencies or employers in their host countries.


Sec. Bello also noted that deductions as payment for iDOLE is strictly prohibited under Philippine laws. The iDOLE ID will be used by the OFWs as a lifetime identification card and has no expiration.

The OFWs will only pay for the iDOLE once it will be broken, lost or misplaced and OFWs are required to have one before he/she can start his/her work abroad.



Sec. Bello Explains the Controversy Behind the Free iDOLE OFW ID Sec. Bello Explains the Controversy Behind the Free iDOLE OFW ID Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 7/18/2017 Rating: 5

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