Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. called on the government to implement strict measures that will prevent Filipinos from going abroad without proper documents.
Marcos made the call following the decision of the Saudi government to extend the grace period for undocumented migrant workers, including overseas Filipino workers, to November 3, 2013 after it expired last July 3.
He noted that majority of the OFWs who became victims of abuse and exploitation abroad are undocumented workers.
Marcos said concerned agencies of the government tasked to deploy and protect OFWs should get their acts together to ensure that Filipinos going abroad to work are well documented before their flight.
“You have to strengthen the controls here in Manila. Why are we allowing or sending them abroad with incomplete documents or papers knowing that they will encounter problems there (abroad)?”Marcos said.
“Dapat dito pa lang sa atin nai-screen na ng mabuti ang ating mga kababayan bago sila umali,” he said.
The senator said agencies like the Departments of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (PEOA) should come up with a more stringent process to ensure no Filipinos will leave the country with incomplete documents required in the countries of their destination.