OFW ID should be recognized by Immigration, says Bello

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Source: GMA News Online

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday said the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) ID should be accepted by Bureau of Immigration personnel.

Bello said this when asked regarding reports that the OFW ID is reportedly not being accepted by BI personnel.

“Pwede ba 'yun? Hindi pwede 'yun. Dapat ‘yun isumbong sa amin din, kung sino ‘yung taga-Immigration kasi nakapirma ‘yung Immigration Commissioner diyan du'n sa memorandum of agreement," Bello said in an interview on Unang Balita on Wednesday.

“Kasama ‘yung kanilang sistema, so walang dahilan na hindi nila i-recognize ‘yan, at kung meron mang ganyan, iparating lang sa amin,” he added.

Sought for reaction, BI spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang said: “We’re waiting for comment from our ports.”

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has started issuing the OFW ID card or the iDOLE, the integrated ID that OFWs can use for easy transactions with government and private agencies...

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