Philippines: Senator Tulfo asks DMW to screen OFW employers

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Philippines: Senator Tulfo asks DMW to screen OFW employers

To reduce the cases of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) being mistreated in their places of employment, Senator Rafael T. Tulfo said on Wednesday that the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) must conduct background checks on foreign employers before sending Filipinos overseas.

“What I really need to see is a screening process not only for OFWs but also for employers,” the senator, who chairs the Senate Migrant Workers Committee, said in a hearing.

“We keep sending our OFWs (overseas) until they, unfortunately, come back dead, and I don’t want that to happen,” he added.

Secretary Susan V. Ople, who heads the DMW, said that their department has limited capacity for tracing workers after departure and is geared towards maximizing deployments.

“I have noticed that… long as there are job orders, we just keep approving, which is why sometimes the recruitment agencies, despite only having a few staff, have hundreds and hundreds of job orders; when OFWs have a problem, they no longer know where to search because the employer has already changed,” she said. BKM/ Expat Media


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