Straight to his promise, OFW Family Party-List representative Roy Seneres files his certificate of candidacy in the last day of filing at Comelec seeking the highest office in the country.
I don’t know if this post will help his candidacy or not, but as what I’ve said in my previous blog post, I am not against the former ambassador, but I just can’t fathom why such a big ambition instead of focusing or concentrating himself to the issues and concerns of his constituents and bring their voice in the lower house of Congress where we put him to serve.
I voted OFW Party-List in the last election and I am truly proud that we’ve made it after long years of battle to be represented in Congress. Honest enough, we are right, Seneres filed, authored and co-authored bills intended for the general welfare of OFWs.
However, an online news item about those bills using the word “benefiting” is not true. The word benefited means “we reap what we have sown”. In the case of Seneres nothing yet of those bills authored or co-authored by him benefits us OFW as of this writing. Those bills are still pending in various committees in Congress. There is one particular bill pending in the Senate “an act granting the OFWs the right to equal protection of money claims.” But this bill is still subject for deliberation in the Senate prior to final approval.
Yes! I agree that those pending bills once approve by Congress and in the Senate, can ease the burdens the OFWs are into for many decades since the Filipino labor migration was introduced.
I do believe, Congressman Seneres is very sincere to serve the OFW sector, however climbing up the highest ladder where there is no guarantee that he can reach the peak and sit on that pedestal is like mastering a craft against his own volition. For me, it is not yet the time and if the time comes, the OFWs and families themselves who voted the OFW Family Party-List are the ones who will decide for him to stand and have it done, not those new labor organizations set up for the purpose of his candidacy.
Sir, it is your prerogative to run for the Presidency, I can’t argue more, but still, my one vote can’t guarantee you of winning.
My sincere apology if this post harms your candidacy, on the other hand, maybe this post can boost your standing in the race for President.
And in fairness to OFW Family Part-List Representative Roy Seneres, please find below bills co-authored and authored by him in the Philippine Congress pending before house committees which is relevant to the concerns and issues of the Overseas Filipino Workers. -end-
Bills and Resolutions co-authored and authored by Congressman Roy Seneres (OFW Family Party-List) in the Philippine Lower House of Congress
27 House Bills excluding Privilege Speeches, 11 of those are Authored House Bills relevant to the Welfare of OFWs (see below).
AN ACT REQUIRING AMBASSADORS/HEADS OF MISSION TO PERFORM AND/OR DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF SURROGATE PARENTS IN TAKING CARE OF OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFWs) IN THEIR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Status: Pending with the Committee on OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS since 2013-08-07
AN ACT REQUIRING ALL HEADS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS TO ESTABLISH ‘OFW FAMILY HELP DESKS’ IN THEIR OFFICES
Status: Pending with the Committee on OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS since 2013-09-03
AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR IMMEDIATE DEPENDENTS OF OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFWs) WHO DIED OR SUFFERED PERMANENT DISABILITIES WHILE WORKING ABROAD OR OVERSEAS AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Pending with the Committee on OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS since 2013-10-14
AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS REMITTANCE REGULATORY COMMISSION AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Pending with the Committee on OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS since 2013-10-14
AN ACT AUTHORIZING AMBASSADORS, CONSUL GENERALS, CHIEFS OF MISSIONS OR CHARGE D’ AFFAIRS TO ORDER AND DIRECT AN OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKER (OFW) TO SEND SUPPORT TO HIS OR HER LEGAL DEPENDENTS AS REQUIRED BY EXISTING LAWS
Status: Pending with the Committee on OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS since 2013-12-16
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A FREE MEDICAL AND HOSPITALIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR THE POOR AND FOR OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFWs) WHO ARE AFFLICTED WITH CANCER OR KIDNEY DISEASE AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Pending with the Committee on HEALTH since 2013-12-18
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A HOSPITAL FOR OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Pending with the Committee on HEALTH since 2014-01-22
AN ACT GRANTING SPECIAL PRIVILEGES TO OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFWs) IN THE PAYMENT OF SSS, PAG-IBIG AND PHILHEALTH PREMIUMS AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Pending with the Committee on OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS since 2014-01-22
AN ACT INSTITUTIONALIZING THE ‘HATID SAYA’ FOR OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS EVERY SIX (6) MONTHS AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Pending with the Committee on OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS since 2014-01-29
AN ACT PROHIBITING THE COLLECTION OF ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY IN ANY FORM OR FOR ANY PURPOSE FROM A DEPARTING FILIPINO WORKER AS PRE-CONDITION FOR TRAVEL
Status: Pending with the Committee on OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS since 2014-03-04
AN ACT ENSURING THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE OF FIRST-TIME OVERSEAS WORKERS EMPLOYED IN THE DOMESTIC OR HOUSE-HOLD SERVICE ABROAD BY WAIVING THEIR PHILHEALTH PREMIUM PAYMENT FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF DEPLOYMENT AND ALLOCATING FUNDS THEREFOR, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7875 AS AMENDED BY RA 9241 AND 10606 ALSO KNOWN AS THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE ACT OF 2013, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Status: Pending with the Committee on OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS since 2014-11-24
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AN ACT CREATING THE DEPARTMENT OF OVERSEAS WORKERS, RATIONALIZING THE ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES RELATED TO OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Status: Pending with the Committee on GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION since 2013-07-23
AN ACT GRANTING THE OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS THE RIGHT TO EQUAL PROTECTION ON MONEY CLAIMS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE THE FIFTH PARAGRAPH OF SECTION 10 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8042, AS AMENDED BY REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10022
Status: Approved by the House on 2015-08-24, transmitted to the Senate on 2015-08-27 and received by the Senate on 2015-08-27
|77 Co-Authored House Resolution, 3 are relevant to the Concerns and Welfare of OFWs.
A RESOLUTION CONVEYING THE COLLECTIVE FELICITATIONS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE TRIUMPH OF OVERSEAS FILIPINA WORKER ROSE ‘OSANG’ FOSTANES WHOSE PHENOMENAL TALENT BROUGHT HONOR TO THE COUNTRY AND SIGNIFICANTLY RAISED THE IMAGE OF ALL OFWs WORLDWIDE
Status: Pending with the Committee on RULES since 2014-01-27
A RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY IN AID OF LEGISLATION INTO THE APPARENT CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION OF THE RIGHT TO TRAVEL OF OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS COMMITTED BY THE PHILHEALTH AND THE PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT ADMINISTRATION (POEA) AND ON THE IMPOSITION OF INCREASED PHILHEALTH PREMIUM ON OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS WITHOUT PROPER CONSULTATION
Status: Pending with the Committee on OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS since 2014-02-19
A RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS AND THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION TO JOINTLY CONDUCT AN IMMEDIATE INQUIRY IN AID OF LEGISLATION INTO THE LEGALITY AND PROPRIETY OF MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 8 SERIES OF 2014 ISSUED BY THE MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY (MIAA) DIRECTING THAT EFFECTIVE 01 OCTOBER 2014, OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFWs), BOTH LAND-BASED AND SEA-BASED, SHALL PAY PHP 550.00 AS INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER SERVICE CHARGE (IPSC) OR COMMONLY KNOWN AS AIRPORT TERMINAL FEE WHICH SHALL BE INTEGRATED INTO THE AMOUNT OF THE AIRLINE TICKETS THEY PURCHASE, BUT SUBJECT TO REFUND LATER ONCE THEY CAN SHOW PROOF THAT THEY ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE PAYMENT OF TERMINAL FEES
Status: Pending with the Committee on RULES since 2014-11-24