By Macon Ramos - Araneta | Manila Standard Today
SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday vowed to introduce legislation to ease the rules of the Commission on Audit in connection with the use of state funds under the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration.
Marcos cited the need for COA to liberalize its rules and regulations to clear hurdles preventing the timely release of OWWA funds for distressed workers overseas.
OWWA has huge trust fund but this remains largely untapped because of the rules and regulations of the COA on the use of these funds, he said.
While the Department of Foreign Affairs is trying its best to help OFWs in trouble, he said its efforts are hindered by insufficient funds.
“The DFA is willing and ready to help, but they don’t have enough funds for to hire lawyers to defend OFWs who have pending cases in court,” he said.
He stressed that the audit body should revisit its policy and rules to make them responsive to the requirements of workers facing problems abroad.