House approves second reading of bill seeking to create dept. for OFWs

The House approved on second reading a bill to create the Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment on Wednesday.

House bill 5832 which creates a new department is mandated to protect the rights and the welfare of Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

The new department is mandated to formulate, plan, coordinate, promote and implement policies, undertake systematic development programs to manage and monitor the overseas employment of Filipinos.

It has been granted the power to initiate, pursue and prosecute illegal recruitment and human trafficking cases in coordination with the Department of Justice.

The new department will push the one country strategy to insure all departments of government will be united in addressing concerns of OFWs.

The new department is a major breakthrough for OFWs, almost 10 million are deployed all over ther world—they are the major source dollar remittances to the country.

The following agencies will be absorbed by the new department: The Office of the Undersecretary for migrant workers, Commission on Overseas Filipino Workers, Philippine Overseas labor offices, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, International Labor Affairs Bureau and the Social Welfare Attaches office.