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Government seeks measures to integrate OFW programs

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The Philippine government is seeking measures to integrate all programs for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in an Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting on OFW Concerns.

For the first time, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment conducted a series of coordination meetings on Friday, October 5, 2018, to discuss how the various the programs implemented by both departments will be synthesized.

The conclusion of the meetings will provide guidance to the Executive Department on the possible creation of a special cluster for OFWs or a working group under an existing one.

“The president want us to report through this working group then I will report to the (Cabinet’s) Human Development Cluster. The president will decide later on if (there will be) an OFW cluster,” DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.

The meeting aims to collate all government agencies’ OFW programs such as training, granting of special lanes, and livelihood projects, Cayetano said.

The inter-agency’s first meeting will hopefully produce such system that will optimize the government’s services for OFWs, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

DFA Undersecretaries Sarah Lou Arriola and Ernesto Abella, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration chief Hans Leo Cacdac, and other government officials from various agencies concerned with OFWs were also present during the meetings.

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