POLO-OWWA UK strengthens partnership with the Philippine Muslim Association
The Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA) in London, UK met with the Philippine Muslim Association (PMA) to discuss a partnership with the Muslim community in the United Kingdom. PMA has more than 500 active members who can benefit from information sessions on various services of POLO-OWWA, anti-illegal recruitment campaign, and on-site processing.
Last year, the POLO-OWWA UK conducted its first information session through the Post-Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS) to the members of the organization. Labor Attache Amuerfina R. Reyes discussed the services offered by POLO which includes contract registration and issuance of overseas employment certificate (OEC) to vacationing workers including information on employment rights and some tips on how to make their stay in the UK a worthwhile experience. Similarly, Welfare Officer Maria Consolacion C. Marquez briefed the participants about OWWA membership and its social protection programs and services for its member-OFWs, as well as membership registration to the workers.
This year, POLO-OWWA UK and PMA, once again agreed to work closely together to bring the services of the Philippine Embassy and its attached agencies to the Muslim community. Aside from information sessions, there will be on-site processing, livelihood, and skills training programs, welfare services, and other activities that have been lined up for this year.
The first session for this year is slated on 16 February 2020 at the Tollgate Community Hall, Tollgate Gardens Estate in Kilburn. Services to be offered are as follows:
- Contract Registration
- OEC Issuance
- OWWA Membership Enrolment/Updating
- SSS Membership Enrolment/Updating
- Pag-Ibig Membership Enrolment/Updating
- Briefing on the Philippine Embassy’s Consular Services
- Voters Registration
On the other hand, the first livelihood and skills training program for Bread Making and Cake Decorating is scheduled on 01, 08, and 15 March 2020. Succeeding trainings will be organized for the rest of the year depending on the PMA members’ interests and preferences.
This partnership is part of POLO-OWWA’s effort to widen its reach to Filipino communities in the UK embarking on organization-based collaborative undertakings and intensified information and awareness campaigns.