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.’
“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.