VP CALLS FOR MULTI-AGENCY RESPONSE TO OFW CONCERNS
Posted: Saturday, October 23, 2010
Vice President and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) Concerns Jejomar C. Binay today called for a multi-agency response to the concerns of OFWs, noting the multitude of issues facing them.
Binay has met with officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to know their respective functions, and discuss the welfare, concerns and issues that OFWs face abroad.
“Sa aking naririnig, di nagkukulang o nagpapabaya ang pamahalaan sa pagtulong sa mga kababayan nating pumupunta sa abroad. Titingnan namin kung paano pa makatutulong at ano pa ang mga pagkukulang na dapat naming mapunan,” Binay said.
During the briefings, the three agencies informed Binay that the main concerns of OFWs include repatriation, illegal recruitment, excessive collection of placement fees, and legal assistance among others.
Binay said close coordination of agencies will be essential in addressing these concerns. He added that it will also help the government to avoid overlapping of duties and responsibilities, and the wastage of funds.
“Nais ko ring hingin ang partisipasyon ng mga lokal na pamahalaan sa pagtugon sa mga pangangailangan ng ating mga OFW. Naniniwala akong malaki ang maitutulong nila dahil mas kilala nila kung sino man ‘yong mga mamamayan nilang nangibang-bansa para magtrabaho,” Binay said.
Meanwhile, Binay mentioned the government will give assistance to the family of OFW Marlon Cueva, who was found dead in the lavatory of a Gulf Air plane. The family of Cueva, who is an OWWA member, will receive P120,000 monetary assistance, a negosyo cart franchise and a scholarship for one of his three children.
POEA records showed that the Philippines is the premiere manning capital of the world with over 3,500 workers deployed daily. In 2009, around 1.4 million Filipinos went to work abroad, mostly in the Middle East.