THE Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has introduced new measures to expedite the processing of departing overseas Filipino workers with the recent acquisition of several state-of-the-art gadgets from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said he personally received from OWWA Deputy Administrator Josefino Torres six tablets and six bar code readers that BI personnel at NAIA would use to check the authenticity and validity of OWWA E-cards presented by departing OFWs.
The OWWA E-card which is available for Balik-Manggagawa OFWs would serve as their exit clearance the next time they travel. Apart from this, the card likewise allows OWWA members to avail OWWA services faster, allow use of the mobile application, and may be used as a permanent government-issued ID.
Medina recounted that there have been instances in the past when OFWs who were victimized by fraud syndicates were caught in possession of fake or invalid overseas employment certificates.