6 reasons why the Department of Migrant Workers Act is important to OFWs

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President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11641, which will focus on the matters affecting the Overseas Filipino Workers and establish the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW). Here are six reasons why it is important to Overseas Filipino Workers:

1. Regulation
Only one department will oversee the welfare and regulations for OFWs. A migrant worker will not have a problem as to what agency they have to contact.

2. Red Tape
All Agencies that care for OFWs like POEA, POLO, ILAB, NRCO, NMP, OUMWA, and Office of the Social Welfare Attache will be housed in one department that will act as a one-stop-shop for Filipino Workers Abroad.

3. Recruitment
There will be an effective anti-illegal recruitment and anti-trafficking campaign that will do away with fixers and illegal recruiters because of the regional offices that are accessible to OFWs. They will also implement clearer rules about Ethical Recruitment.
4. Response to Emergency
An Emergency Response and Action Center Unit, and Media and Social Media monitoring Center will be stationed 24/7 to respond to the emergency needs of OFWs and their families.

5. Repatriation
Distressed OFWs, either documented or not, will be assisted and will be received help through the Department of Migrant Workers.

6. Reintegration
There will be a full-cycle and comprehensive national reintegration program for all OFWs. There will be a reintegration program from pre-deployment, on-site while working overseas, and during their return to the Philippines. OFWs will receive skills training, psycho-social support, recognizing their skills that will provide new opportunities.

In a survey released in 2020 by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the Department of Migrants Workers is expected to benefit an estimated 2.2 Million Filipinos abroad.

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