I have just found a new friend whose advocacy works includes OFWs issues and concerns. He is currently a member of the Davao City Council.
Please allow me to share his legislative proposal that have to do with our continuing fight for OFW recognition and empowerment. – MAA
I received a request to post my legislative proposals in the City Council. Here is one approved on first reading last month. It is now with the Committee on Labor & Employment.
TO URGE CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION TO DEVOLVE SOME OF THE FUNCTIONS, POWERS AND RESOURCES OF THE OVERSEAS WORKERS WELFARE ADMINISTRATION (OWWA) TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGU) TO MAINSTREAM OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFW) AFFAIRS IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE.
WHEREAS, it is the policy of the state and government to enhance local autonomy, and address the needs of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW);
WHEREAS, there is a growing need to mainstream OFW affairs in local governance as more and more OFWs seek direct governmental services from local government units in terms of various assistance, programs and projects;
WHEREAS, devolving such functions, powers and welfare funds of national agencies like the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) would greatly enhance the direct governmental services of LGUs to OFWs, particularly those who are in distress, those in need of various assistance, and those to be reintegrated in local communities by way of trainings, livelihood and employment, and other opportunities;
WHEREFORE, premises considered, be it resolved, as it is hereby resolved, to urge Congress to enact legislation to devolve some of the functions, powers and resources of the Overseas Workers Welfare Fund (OWWA) to local government units (LGUs) to mainstream Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) affairs in local governance.
By: Davao City Councilor Peter Lavina
April 7, 2006
Note: Peter Lavina is a journalist, a political activist, and an elected Davao City Councilor.