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Muntinlupa City to establish OFW Help Desks

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Muntinlupa City local government is set to establish overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) help desks to promote the rights and welfare of migrant workers and their families in their locality.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (2nd from right) signs a memorandum of agreement with labor execs for the establishment of OFW Help Desk and launching of Illegal Recruitment-Free LGU campaign in Muntinlupa City Tuesday,March 3. Also shown in photo: (L-R) POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment Director Atty. Francis Ron De Guzman, DOLE MUNTAPARLAS Field Office Director Leonides Castileon Jr., OWWA NCR Program Services Division Director Ma. Theresa Capa, and Muntinlupa Public Employment Service Office head Glenda Aniñon. (Photo courtesy of Muntinlupa City PIO)

The City Government of Muntinlupa partners with the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the establishment of OFW Help Desks that will provide current information on government programs and services for migrant workers as well as assist those who wish to seek employment abroad on the right and legal processes that needs to be done.

The partnership also aims to boost information campaign on the potential and risks of overseas employment, legal channels on applying, requirements and procedures, and other relevant information.

Consultation for provisions on Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act, Expanded Anti-Trafficking Act, Violence Against Women and Their Children Act, Family Law, and procedural legal options will be available in the OFW Help Desk.

The local government shall also integrate programs and services such as Entrepreneurship Development Training, counseling, financial literacy, development of OFW case intake, referrals, networking, and livelihood services for OFWs and their families.

Further, a database of OFWs residing in the city classified according to occupation, job category, and among other demographic classifications will be established.

Muntinlupa LGU will also boost its crackdown campaign against unlicensed recruitment establishments engaged in illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons.

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed a memorandum of agreement with POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment Director Atty. Francis Ron De Guzman, OWWA NCR Program Services Division Director Ma. Theresa Capa, DOLE MUNTAPARLAS Field Office Director Leonides Castileon Jr., labor officials during the launching of Illegal Recruitment-Free LGU campaign in Muntinlupa City.

Fresnedi said he is thankful to the labor department and its attached agencies for the assistance in the implementation of overseas employment programs and ensuring the protection of OFWs in the city.

“We are entering this partnership to help our kababayans who wish to explore opportunities outside the country and also assist those OFWs who wants to return to their families here in Muntinlupa,” Fresnedi said. (Muntinlupa City PIO/PIA-NCR)

Top photo: Mayor Fresnedi and OWWA NCR Program Services Division Director Ma. Theresa Capa shake hands after the MOA signing. (Photo courtesy of Muntinlupa City PIO)

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