The Philippine government’s Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) establishes an office dedicated to manage cases of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and other overseas Filipinos in distress needing services.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recently signed a law creating the Office for Social Welfare Attache OFWs. The law was signed and took effect on April 17, 2019. A copy of the law was provided to the media July 15, 2019.
Under the law, “the DSWD shall deploy Social Welfare Attaches in countries with large concentration of OFWs as determined in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)”.
“The Social Welfare Attache shall possess the minimum qualifications set by the Civil Service Commission and the preferred qualifications prescribed by the DSWD,” the law reads.
The Social Welfare Attache shall also have functions and duties such as undertaking surveys and prepare official social welfare situations analysis on OFWs in the area of assignment and establish a network with overseas-based social welfare agencies.
The Social Welfare Attache official should also respond to and monitor the resolution of problems and complaints or queries of OFWs and their families.
The office shall establish and maintain a data bank and documentation of OFWs and their families, and submit regular reports to the DSWD and DFA. (Azer Parrocha, PNA)