In its mandate to promote and protect the welfare of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has met with Licensed Recruitment Agencies (LRAs) in Region 1 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to forge stronger partnership among these OFW stakeholders.
The OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) has gathered 36 LRAs for a consultative meeting on October 13, 2016 at the Max’s Restaurant, City of San Fernando, La Union. A total of 57 participants attended in the meeting.
The meeting aimed to consult with the LRAs with common issues their deployed workers face, and how these private deployment companies handle said situations.
The LRAs carry the responsibility in ensuring the safety of their deployed officers for the entire duration of their employment contract. Some workers, however, become unsuccessful in their stint abroad due to culture shock, homesickness, work distress and other welfare issues.
These conditions are what the OWWA Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) aims to address. While the PDOS is available in various regional offices nationwide, most OFWs attend the PDOS in Metro Manila.
Hence, the RWOI also encouraged the stronger participation of LRAs in the PDOS in Region 1, to cut expenses and effort for the ready-to-leave workers.
Conducted every Tuesday, the PDOS in OWWA RWOI serves to cater for the convenience of the workers from the Ilocos and Cordillera regions, and other nearby areas. The LRAs were asked to actively refer their workers to the PDOS in San Fernando City, La Union, which the RWOI offers for free.
In 2015, the RWOI facilitated the PDOS of 513 OFWs, 252 of them were referred by LRAs.
The RWOI also recognized three LRAs for their active referrals of workers to the Region 1 PDOS. These are the Concorde International Human Resource Corporation, DA Rodrigo International Inc., and Faasi International Corporation.
The LRAs were also oriented on the updates on recruitment regulations set by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), presented by Atty. Hernando B. Reyes, Director II of the POEA.
Mr. Gerardo C. Rimorin, RWOI OIC for Programs and Services, expressed gratitude to the LRAs for their participation. “We in the government and you, the private sectors, should work together to ensure the success of every OFW, which should be everyone’s ultimate mission,” he said.
The OWWA RWOI, led by Ms. Marivic Mondina, SAO and Mr. Gerardo C. Rimorin, OIC PSD (seated, 4th-5th from left) met with 43 representatives of Licensed Recruitment Agencies in Ilocos and Cordillera region during a consultative meeting to foster stronger partnership among the OFW stakeholders.