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OFW Department ‘a necessity’ – Roque

Due to the massive number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) all over the world, there is a great need for a department to be created solely to address to their needs, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

In The Filipino Times’ live streaming on Facebook titled ‘TFT Usapang OFW: Tulong at Serbisyo para sa bawat OFW mula kay Pangulong Duterte’, the spokesperson said that putting the burden of taking care of millions of Filipino expats worldwide on the government’s small diplomatic missions is ‘not realistic.’

READ ALSO: ‘HINDI BIBITAW ANG PRESIDENTE SA MGA OFW’: Roque shares how gov’t helps COVID-19 affected Pinoy expats as PH projects 300k OFWs to go home

“Normally, ‘yung pangangalaga ng ating mga kababayan ay responsibilidad ng embahada. Pero sa Pilipinas, ginawa nating polisiya na mag-exort ng manpower kaya ‘di realistic na ‘yung napakaliit na diplomatic missions natin ang siyang magaalala sa mga milyun milyon. Hindi nila kakayanin ‘yan,” he said.

Earlier, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has revived his calls for the creation of an OFW Department. Under the proposed Senate Bill 202, or the “Department of Overseas Filipinos Act of 2019,” the government agencies that are dealing with OFW concerns will be put under one umbrella—headed by its own secretary.

Roque also noted that OFW concerns will no longer be overseen by the secretaries of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the the Department of Labor and Employment.

“Kung ang OFWs ay ang ating mga bagong bayani, bakit hindi natin sila bibigyan ng sarili nilang departamento para lalo pang matutukan ang kanilang mga pangangailangan?” said the spokesperson.

SEE ALSO: ‘GOV’T SHOULD HELP OUR MODERN HEROES’: Roque explains why Duterte approved additional PHP5 billion budget to help OFWs

Jamille Domingo-Marasigan

Jamille Domingo-Marasigan gathers stories on a wide array of topics, particularly on the Philippines, UAE, Saudi, and Bahrain—which are published on The Filipino Times Newspaper, The Filipino Times Website, and The Filipino Times Newsletter. She also presents the news on cam in the pre-recorded daily broadcast of The Filipino Times Newsbreak—a run-through of the most important events of the day, reaching 5,000 to 20,000 views—to deliver stories to audiences inclined to audio-visual content online. For recommendations and story pitches, you can reach her at [email protected]

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