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Bongbong hails the creation of DMW; says OFWs will now have their own home in the bureaucracy

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31 December 2021

PARTIDO Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr. today (December 31) hailed as great success in legislation the passage of a bill creating a department that focuses on all concerns of our Overseas Filipino Workers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed yesterday Republic Act 11641, also known as An Act Creating the Department of Migrant Workers.

Marcos congratulated both Houses of Congress for helping President Duterte fulfill his promise to take care of the Filipinos abroad and their families back home.

He said “after four decades of overseas employment, our modern-day heroes will now have their own home in the bureaucracy.”

He added that the problems hounding OFWs have been there for many years and that the newly signed law brings with it a renewed hope that these issues will now be addressed appropriately.

Marcos also urged the government to ensure that a fully functioning DMW would be ready early next year for the expected increase in deployment of migrant workers abroad amid the tapering threat of Covid19.

Marcos added that the government agency created under the new law is PRRD's 'love letter' to OFWs and their families.

"This new department serves as President Duterte's institutional love letter to OFWs around the world and their families here at home," Marcos Jr. said.

The Department of Migrant Workers Act calls for creating a new government body that will protect the rights of OFWs worldwide.  It is among President Duterte's priority bills that he certified urgent in March of this year. 

The new law will turn the existing Philippine Overseas Employment Administration into the Department of Migrant Workers.  Its task will now be to oversee all policies aimed at protecting the welfare of OFWs.

The new department is also mandated to regulate the recruitment, employment and deployment of OFWs, lead investigations, and file cases related to illegal recruitment and human trafficking of OFWs.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration would be an attached agency of the new department.

Marcos also noted that the country should continue improving local jobs creation since we cannot prevent foreign employers from hiring Pinoys whose skills are at par with the best of the world.

"Though our economic policy must remain focused on local job generation, we cannot prevent foreign employers from seeking out our workers because they are truly the best in the world," Marcos added.

He cited the contribution of OFWs to the Philippine economy through their remittances.  The money they sent to their families has allowed the country to prosper even during global crises.

"Our OFWs have contributed significantly and consistently in keeping our economy afloat, even through global crises, when the country continued to thrive even in supposed desperate times," Marcos said.

According to the 2019 Survey on Overseas Filipinos released by the Philippine Statistics Authority there are an estimated 2.2 million Filipinos abroad.

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FILIPINO VERSION

BONGBONG PINURI ANG PAGLIKHA NG DMW; MGA OFW MAY SARILING TAHANAN SA PAMAHALAAN

PINURI ni Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard bearer Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr., at itinuturing na malaking tagumpay sa lehislatura ang paglikha ng isang departamento na tututok sa lahat ng pangangailangan ng ating Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

Nilagdaan nitong Huwebes (Disyembre 31) ni President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ang Republic Act 11641, o kilala sa tawag na “An Act Creating the Department of Migrant Workers.”

Binati rin ni Marcos Jr. ang Kongreso sa pagtulong kay Pangulong Duterte para maisakatuparan ang kanyang pangako na pangalagaan ang kapakanan ng mga Filipino na nagta-trabaho sa ibang bansa, maging ang mga naiwan nilang pamilya sa Pilipinas.

“After four decades of overseas employment, our modern-day heroes will now have their own home in the bureaucracy,” ani Marcos Jr.

Idinagdag ni Marcos Jr. na maraming mga suliranin ang mga OFW, at ang paglikha ng DMW ay magbibigay ng pag-asa sa kanila para masolusyunan at matugunan ang matagal na nilang problema.

Hinimok naman ni Marcos Jr., ang pamahalaan na dapat ay agad maipatupad ang naturang batas at agad mabuo ang naturang OFW Department sa susunod na taon, lalo na ngayon at patuloy pa rin ang banta ng Covid-19 sa buong mundo.

"This new department serves as President Duterte's institutional love letter to OFWs around the world and their families here at home," ani Marcos Jr., sa pahayag.

Ang nasabing batas ay inaatasang magbuo ng bagong government body na magbibigay ng proteksyon sa mga karapatan ng OFW sa buong mundo.

Idinagdag pa ni Marcos Jr., na mayroon nang maituturing na pangalawang tahanan ang mga OFW para sa mas mabilis na tugon sa lahat ng kanilang mga pangangailangan.

Matatandaan na mismong si Pangulong Duterte ang nag-certify ng Migrant Workers Act na kabilang sa mga priority bill ng kaniyang administrasyon nitong nakaraang Marso.

Sa bagong batas na ito, ang Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ay magiging Department of Migrant Workers. Ang bago nitong mandato ay tutukan ang lahat ng polisiya para ma-protektahan ang kapakanan at interes ng mga OFW.

Ang pangunahing trabaho ng DMW ay ang i-regulate ang recruitment, employment at deployment ng mga OFW. Kasama rin sa mandato nila ang mag-imbestiga at magsampa ng kaso na may kaugnayan sa illegal recruitment at human trafficking ng mga OFW.

Ang Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) naman ang magiging attached agency ng bagong itatatag na departamento.

Ayon naman kay Marcos Jr., kasabay ng pagbibigay ng proteksyon sa mga OFW, kailangan ding palakasin ang paglikha ng mga trabaho sa bansa.

"Though our economic policy must remain focused on local job generation, we cannot prevent foreign employers from seeking out our workers, because they are truly (among) the best in the world," ani Marcos Jr.

Binanggit ni Marcos Jr., ang mahalagang konstribusyon ng mga OFW partikular sa ekonomiya ng bansa kaya nararapat lamang umano na pagtuunan ng pansin ng pamahalaan ang kanilang kapakanan.

“Our OFWs have contributed significantly and consistently in keeping our economy afloat, even through global crises, when the country continued to thrive even in supposed desperate times,” dagdag pa ni Marcos Jr.

Ayon sa pinakahuling survey noong 2019 ng Philippine Statistics Authority, aabot sa 2.2 milyong Filipino ang kasalukuyang nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa.

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