The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on has started issuing the iDOLE (or OFW ID card), which OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) can use for their transactions with government and private agencies regarding their employment abroad. However, Vice President Leni Robredo questioned why it has a photo of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Agree naman ako sa concerns ng ating mga netizens. Kung tititigan mo nga naming mabuti yung ID, mas malaki pa yung picture ng pangulo sa picture nung may-ari ng ID. Tapos, colored pa yung pangulo, pero black and white naman yung sa may-ari. Parang di naman tama yun, di ba?.” VP Robredo told reporters on Tuesday.
“Akala ko ba, galit siya sa Epal? Naalala ko, pinatanggal nya yung portrait ng mga opisyal ng gobyerno sa mga opisina at pinapalitan niya ng mga portrait ng ating mga bayani.” The vice president added, referring to President Duterte’s memo last September 15, ordering all government agencies to display photos or paintings of heroes instead of elected officials.
Last Monday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. has already defended President Duterte, saying that the president really hates Epal (a term referring to a person who is seeking public attention), adding that the latter is most likely not aware that his photo was placed on the OFW ID. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III also defended the president.
“I just want to underscore the concern of the President for the welfare of our workers,” Sec Bello said, adding that more than 100,000 OFW ID cards are ready for distribution but so far, for returning OFWs or Balik Manggagawa (BM) only. Meanwhile, the OFW ID card can already be availed for free via creating an account at iDOLE.ph.