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OWWA to set up help desks for OFWs
by Pamela Mariz Geminiano

HELP DESK -- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration officials headed by Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac (middle, back row) sign a memorandum of agreement with Baguio and Benguet mayors for the strengthening of migrant desks and designation of migrant desk officers at the Baguio City Hall, Benguet Capitol, and in each of the 13 municipalities of Benguet. -- Lito Dar

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has signed a memorandum of agreement with officials of Baguio and Benguet for the setting up of migrant workers’ help desks in the Cordillera.

OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac said the set-up would make it easy for the OFWs and their families to seek help from the government.

The help desks will also serve as links to other agencies like the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Department of Labor and Employment.

“This will also help in reaching and getting immediate response for the OFWs and their families in the different localities,” Cacdac said.

He said that the OWWA would tap and train personnel from the local government units, so they could give the appropriate assistance, especially for OFWs who are in distress.

Cacdac also said the government has set up the OFW bank, one of the priority programs of President Rodrigo Duterte to aid the OFWs, which included the allocation of funds that the OFWs can access for loans and livelihood needs.

The bank would also provide lower remittance service fees, better loan products, and other packages aimed at addressing the OFWs’ needs.

The OFW Bank was launched last Jan. 18, with the President leading the event.

OWWA-Cordillera Director Evelyn Laranang said the MOA signing with Baguio and Benguet would strengthen the coordination between the OWWA and the local government units.

She said the OWWA was targeting a 100 percent partnership with the different municipalities in the Cordillera, starting with Baguio and Benguet.

She added that the agency recently held a capability building seminar for LGUs.

The capability building seminar aimed to equip migrant officers with the different programs and benefits intended for OFWs and their families.


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