Sen. Bongbong Marcos believes that it is Philippine government’s duty and responsibility to protect Overseas Foreign Workers (OFWs). Beyond expressing support for OFWs, he has initiated legislative measures to safeguard their rights and welfare.
Upon hearing reports of retaliation by Taiwanese citizens against OFWs following strained relations between the Philippine Government and Taiwan over the deportation of Taiwan nationals in 2011, Marcos immediately filed Senate Resolution No. 379 which directs the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to look into the remedial measures taken by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in protecting the welfare and interests of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Taiwan.
Marcos also immediately called on the government to work overtime and process within 2 months the correction of the status of remaining overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia who are either undocumented or possess incomplete working requirements, following reports that the government of Saudi Arabia had given illegal migrant workers until March 1, 2014 to complete their working papers or their stay in Saudi Arabia would be considered illegal.
He is presently formulating a measure that will channel a portion of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) fund to assist OFWs in distress, hire more lawyers to assist OFWs who have been jailed for various alleged offenses, and repatriate victims of maltreatment and illegal recruiters.