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Go cites need for Department of OFWs

July 15, 2019 - Monday 3:07 PM by MDM

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Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go over the weekend emphasized the need to establish a new executive department that will focus on the needs and concerns of Overseas Filipinos, particularly Filipino migrant workers or OFWs.

Go said that the functions of government agencies must be streamlined in order to provide fast, accessible, and quality services to Filipinos working or based abroad and to aid their families here in the Philippines.

“We need to streamline the functions of government agencies to provide (fast) services. Huwag natin sila ipasa-pasa sa iba’t ibang ahensya. Kung lalapitan nila ang Department of OFWs, ito na po ang makikipag-coordinate sa lahat ng ahensiya ng gobyerno para matulungan sila,” he said.

Go added that President Duterte plans to certify as urgent the creation of the Department of OFWs so Congress can act swiftly on the passage of the proposed measure.

Go noted that President Duterte wants to put an end to manpower agencies that demand excessive fees from Filipinos seeking jobs abroad and to protect Filipino migrant workers from abusive illegal recruiters. This will be one of the primary functions of the department of OFWs once it is established.

“Gusto pong iwasan ni Pangulong Duterte itong nangyayaring illegal recruitment. Marami pong nagiging biktima nito. Humihingi ng saklolo, gustong umuwi. Itong magiging bagong departamento na lang po na ito ang lalapitan nila,” he said. 

One of Go’s first legislative measures filed on July 2 is Senate Bill 202 or the Department of Overseas Filipinos Act of 2019. 

“Itong Department of OFWs primarily para sa mga OFWs na lang talaga natin. Kasi alam niyo po, minsan kung saan-saan sila humihingi ng tulong at ng advice. Hindi nila alam kung saan sila pupunta,” he said.

Go also assured the OFWs that they will not pay anything in excess in able to avail the services of the proposed department once it is done. He likewise said he and President Duterte would push for the passage of the law and the completion of the creation of the Department of OFWs by December.

“We will make sure na hindi po (dagdag na) gagastos ang ating OFWs sa gagawing bagong departamento. Nag-usap na rin kami ni Pangulo that he will certify it as urgent. Sabi niya kung maari by December maisagawa na ito,” he said.