Ang bagong OFW card ay nilunsad at intended to replace the OEC of OFW’s. An online test site that some OFWs checked showed a cost of the ID card at P501 with another P200 charge for PhilPost delivery. This turned out to be bogus amounts. During the soft launch last July 12, sabi ni Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III na ang i-DOLE ID card for OFWs would be free because he said yung cost of ID will be charged to employers. He said that “This is the President’s gift to our OFWs. No OFW should pay for the card.”
The target date for the official, global launch of the I-DOLE card is August 2017. Simula sa Augusto, ang OFWs can avail the card sa embassy, at sa kahit saang POEA regional offices at DoLE Building in Intramuros, Manila.
DOLE said that the OFW ID card ay maaring magiging ATM card kinalaunan that is linked to the soon-to-be-opened OFW Bank. Ang card ay magiging connectado din sa SSS, PhilHealth at Pag-IBIG Fund para sa mas madaling access sa records of contributions.