Department of OFW Law, epektibo na!

Department of OFW Law, epektibo na!

February 4, 2022 @ 11:55 AM 8 months ago


MANILA, Philippines – Epektibo na simula araw ng Huwebes, Pebrreo 3 ang batas na lumikha sa Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).

“Today, the DMW Act takes effect but then what’s going to happen within the whole year, actually the subsumed agencies will be on a hold-over capacity except that we expect the president to appoint a Secretary or Acting Secretary anytime soon because there are really timelines that have to be met,” ayon kay Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola sa idinaos na Blas F. Ople Forum.

Ani Arriola, ang department order sa paggamit ng aktuwal na pondo ay dapat na nakahanda na sa Marso 5.

Ang implementing rules and regulations (IRR), sa kabilang dako ay kailangan na nakalathala sa Abril kasunod ng staffing pattern sa Hunyo 3.

“It is said in the law that (DMW) will only be constituted having, first it has a budget for 2023, it has an IRR, and there is a staffing pattern. Technically, it would really depend on the political will of the next president and how the next administration will value migration and our OFWs (overseas Filipino workers),” ayon kay Arriola.

Matatandaang, tinintahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte noong Disyembre 31, 2021 ang Republic Act (RA) 11641 o mas kilala bilang “An Act Creating the Department of Migrant Workers” na naglalayong paghusayin ang pagtutulungan sa hanay ng mga ahensiya at OFWs.

“The new department would cover both documented and undocumented OFWs and serve as a one-stop-shop from pre-employment, employment to reintegration,” ani Ariola.

“There would be a one-year transition period before the seven existing offices involved in OFW affairs would be brought under DMW to avoid any disruption in services,” dagdag na pahayag ni Ariola.

Ang mga ahensiyang ito ay kinabibilangan ng Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA) ng DFA, International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), the National Maritime Polytechnic, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Office of the Social Welfare Attache (OSWA), at lahat ng Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO).

Ang POLO, kung saan ay magiging “migrant workers” office, ay kasalukuyang mayroong 34 mula sa 94 Philippine foreign service posts sa buong mundo.

Sa DFA, sinabi ni Arriola na ang technical working group ay nagpulong para maghanda para sa paglikha ng DMW transition committee.

“All our people will be on hold-over and are willing to assist the new department until they are able to get their groove. They’re only going to have their budget in January 2023 so as of now all the migration agencies are performing their usual functions as we help in the transition,” anito.

Tinukoy ni Arriola na tanging ang Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs at ang posisyon na lumikha sa ilalim ng RA 8042 ang mapupunta sa DMW, “the rest of the assistance-to-national teams, and the rest of the foreign service officers are staying in DFA.” Kris Jose