SAUDI ARABIA – The introduction of the OFW Pass is a significant step towards digitalizing public transactions in the Philippines. This move not only streamlines services for Filipino migrant workers but also showcases the government’s efforts to adapt to modern technology and make processes more efficient.
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., in a meeting with the Filipino community in Riyadh, assured overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that their government is dedicated to alleviating their hardships. He applauded their unwavering determination and fortitude and acknowledged the sacrifices they have made, including being disconnected from their families and homeland.
With the OFW Pass, returning to their country of work becomes more convenient for OFWs as they no longer have to deal with paper requirements. This not only saves time and effort but also reduces the risk of losing important documents during travel.
Initiatives for OFWs: The Digital OFW Pass
Among the many efforts to support OFWs, the government recently introduced the OFW Pass. This digital version of the traditional Overseas Employment Certificate aims to modernize public transactions, offering a more efficient service for Filipino migrant workers. According to President Marcos, the OFW Pass eliminates the need for paper documentation, thereby simplifying the process of returning to their respective work countries.
Digitalizing public transactions is a step towards reducing corruption and promoting transparency in government processes. The use of digital technology eliminates the need for physical documents and manual processing, reducing opportunities for bribery and other corrupt practices.
Recognizing the Contributions of OFWs
President Marcos expressed his profound gratitude and admiration for all OFWs, pointing out that their skills and competence acquired overseas serve as invaluable assets to the Philippines. He commended the OFWs for their display of Filipino kindness and warmth, which he believes have not only enticed citizens of their host countries to visit the Philippines but also positioned the country as an attractive tourist destination.
Call to Action for the Filipino Community in Saudi and Abroad
President Marcos encouraged the OFWs in Saudi Arabia to continue supporting each other, particularly those encountering difficulties. He urged them to share their experiences and technical expertise upon returning to the Philippines, emphasizing that their contributions are instrumental in advancing the government’s integration programs. With their assistance, Marcos expressed optimism about a brighter future for the Philippines and its people.
According to data from the Department of Foreign Affairs, approximately 700,000 Filipinos are currently residing and working in Saudi Arabia. The majority are engaged in various sectors including household services, construction, tourism, hospitality, health care, and agriculture.
Why OFWs are Important to the Philippines
OFWs contribute significantly to the development of the Philippine economy and to improving the lives of Filipinos in general. Their remittances serve as a lifeline for many families, providing financial stability and support for education, healthcare, and other essential needs. The sacrifices they make by leaving their families and working abroad are recognized by the government, which is continuously implementing initiatives for their welfare and benefits.
The introduction of the OFW Pass is a testament to the government’s commitment to modernizing public services and prioritizing the needs of Filipino migrant workers. With this digital innovation, returning to work abroad becomes more convenient, allowing OFWs to focus on their jobs and contribute further to the growth of both their host countries and the Philippines. Overall