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OWWA RWO-NCR and PRAs Tackle PDEP Improvements

March 5, 2017
OWWA RWO-NCR and PRAs Tackle PDEP Improvements

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – National Capital Region (OWWA-NCR) conducted the consultation meeting with the owners, operation managers and liaison officers of different Philippine Recruitment Agencies (PRA) deploying Household Service Workers (HSWs) to Middle East and Chinese Speaking Countries to orient them on the procedures to improve the implementation of the Pre-Departure Education Program (PDEP) on 15-16 February 2017.

 

The Pre-departure Education Program (PDEP) is composed of the Comprehensive Pre-departure Education Program (CPDEP) and the Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) which are mandatory orientation/training given to all departing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in order to prepare them for work overseas.    

 

Ms. Ma. Teresa Capa, Chief of the Program Services Division (PSD), and Mr. Eduardo Mendoza Jr., CPDEP Training Program Manager spearheaded the meeting. According to PSD Chief, PDEP is a shared responsibility between the private sector and the government which aims to empower the Household Service Workers by equipping them knowledge on their rights and be familiar with the culture of the country of their destination.

From L to R: PSD Chief Ma. Teresa Capa, talks about issues and concerns and answers frequently asked questions about CPDEP, while CPDEP Training Program Manager Mr. Eduardo Y. Mendoza Jr. further addressed the most common issues of PRAs while enrolling their recruits.
 

Discussion during the meeting focused on the OWWA procedures for the PRAs to follow in the accreditation of liaison officers and enrolling their HSW-recruits. The issues on attendance of trainees, re-trainings, tampering and late distribution of enrolment cards and request for early schedule of training were also discussed. One of the attendees raised the sentiment of some of the agencies that they do not like the policy of requiring the trainees/recruits attend the seminars because of delay in sending them abroad immediately. Ms. Capa explained that under the POEA Memorandum Circular No. 10 and 11, it is a requirement that the HSWs should attend the CPDEP and PDOS training prior to issue of the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). She also added the importance of the training since the HSWs are most vulnerable to abuse and maltreatment at jobsites.

 

In conclusion, Ms. Capa said, “Maraming, maraming salamat sa pagpunta niyo at inaasahan namin na sana itong naging consultation meeting natin ay maging makabuluhan para tayo ay magkatulungan, dahil hindi lang ito obligasyon ng gobyerno kung di pati na rin ng mga private recruitment agencies dahil ito ay shared responsibility para sa kapakanan ng ating mga kababayang OFWs.”

 
Around 200 representatives from different Philippine Recruitment Agencies attended the meeting conducted by OWWA-NCR.