Establishment of OFW office in provinces sought
Staff Report Published: January 11, 2017
To make sure that the needs of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are addressed, Muntinlupa Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon has proposed the establishment of OFW office in every province in the country.
“While the country tries to find solutions to address the dearth of jobs that pay decent wages in the country, efforts must also be exerted to protect and promote the welfare and interests of OFWs or those planning to be OFWs,” Biazon was quoted by Manila Bulletin.
There is no better place to start than at the provinces. After all, aside from the families of OFWs who benefit from their remittances, these provinces also benefit as most of these remittances are either spent or invested where these OFWs and their families reside,” Biazon stated.
Based on the 2015 survey in Overseas Filipinos, there are around 2.4 million OFWs all over the world.
Biazon sought the final passage of House Bill 2992, which provides that the OFW Office shall serve as a one-stop-shop to address the concerns or problems of OFWs and their families.
HB 2992 mandates the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in consultation with the local government units (LGUs), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and all other relevant government agencies to formulate the necessary implementing rules and regulations of the proposed act.