FILE PHOTO: Overseas Filipino Workers
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) boasts of its accomplishments in support of the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers.
Among these accomplishments are the following:
• The administration’s One-Stop Shop Service Centers have served a total of 1.22 million OFWs to date.
• The OFW Bank has been created to respond to the financial needs of Filipino migrants and their families.
• The iDOLE OFW ID Card has been implemented which also serves as OFWs Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)
• Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) set up programs, under which, OFWs could apply for loans to start business in food production and livelihood and entrepreneurship training courses and seminars for returning OFWs
• Department of Education (DepEd) implements DOLE-initiated program called “Sa Pinas Ma’am at Sir Ka” where teachers working abroad are encouraged to come back
• The Duterte has signed Republic Act No. 11035 or the Balik Scientists Law that seeks to provide incentives to Filipino scientists to encourage them to return home.
PH-Kuwait sign the “Agreement on the Employment of Domestic Workers between the Philippines and Kuwait”
Foreigns Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano met with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah on May 11, 2018 for the signing of a milestone agreement between the Philippine and Kuwait.
Among the highlights of the memorandum of understanding include specific provisions to ensure the protection of rights, welfare, and well-being of Filipino household workers in Kuwait.
The agreement ensures that the recruitment and employment of an OFW is bound by standard contract.
The contract shall allow them to possess his/her passport and other pertinent documents; the employer’s obligation to open a bank account of the worker; the provision that provides the worker food, housing, clothing and health insurance; the worker’s free use of cellphones; and the employer’s enforcement of the agreed wage in the contract, among others.
The agreement also prompted the creation of a special police hotline, where workers can immediately contact or ask assistance from in case of abuse and emergencies.