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MANILA – The Philippines’ upcoming executive department called Department of OFW will also help address issues of Filipino victims of illegal recruiters in the Middle East, said Senator Christopher “Bong” Go.
Go said the Department of OFW bill is being finalized and is expected to be approved by yearend. The department has been primarily formed to help Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) or Filipinos working abroad.
On victims of illegal recruiters, Go said the newly formed department will surely help focus on their issues and ensure their repatriation.
The senator also warned Filipino jobseekers to be wary of illegal recruiters. “Don’t immediately accept sketchy offers,” he said in Filipino.
“That’s why I’m pushing for the DOFW, not only for documented overseas Filipinos but also for those undocumented,” Go said.
Go filed a Senate Bill seeking to address concerns of overseas Filipinos, such as the need to improve coordination among concerned offices in responding to the needs of OFWs.
Under the proposed law, the new department will assume the functions of existing agencies: Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Commission on Filipino Overseas, International Labor Affairs Bureau of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and National Reintegration Center for OFWs.
Once approved, the powers and functions of the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs under the Department of Foreign Affairs and all Philippine Overseas Labor Offices and their officials under DOLE will also be transferred to the new department. ICA/Expat Media
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