MANILA, Philippines — Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his working mate, Davao Metropolis Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio are eyeing the rapid operationalization of the Division of Migrant Employees, which was signed into legislation final 12 months.
Throughout their hybrid OFW Miting de Avance on Friday night time, Marcos Jr. mentioned the brand new division was created to guard the welfare of abroad Filipino employees (OFWs) by having a separate workplace centered on their considerations.
“Mabubuo na po ang Division of Migrant Employees at ang susunod na administrasyon ay siya ang magbubuo at gagawa ng lahat ng katungkulan ng bagong departamentong ito,” Marcos Jr. mentioned.
“Ipaghihiwalay na natin ang Division of Labor and Employment at yung Division of Migrant Employees at mayroon na tayong division na iisa lamang ang katungkulan—kundi tulungan ang ating mga OFW,” he added.
Duterte-Carpio additionally pushed for the rapid operationalization of the division as she vowed for extra jobs for Filipinos in order that they not have to go away the nation.
“We sit up for the operationalization of the Division of Migrant Employees,” Duterte-Carpio mentioned.
“Ang aking private na isusulong — trabaho para sa maraming Pilipino. Naniniwala ako na kung mayroong sapat na trabaho sa ating bansa, mas pipiliin ng mga Pilipino na manatili dito kaysa makipagsapalaran pa sa ibang bansa,” she added.
In December 2021, President Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11641 or the Division of Migrant Employees Act which creates a separate division strictly centered on OFW considerations.
The brand new division absorbs the capabilities of the Philippine Abroad Employment Administration (POEA) and likewise regulates abroad employment and the reintegration of Filipino employees.
In the course of the two-year transition interval, Duterte-Carpio urged the POEA to instantly craft stable implementing guidelines and rules (IRR) that shall cowl all of the mandated capabilities and duties of the brand new division, particularly within the implementation of welfare applications and insurance policies that reply to the considerations and desires of OFWs.
She additionally mentioned that enough funding is required for the implementation of the Division of Migrant Employees.
Marcos Jr. mentioned there must also be a re-training program for returning OFWs.
Livelihood applications must also be obtainable for OFWs who’ve determined to return—and keep—within the nation, the presidential candidate mentioned.
Additional, Marcos Jr. mentioned the federal government must also have the ability to help and supply help to the households left behind by OFWs—by means of housing and scholarship applications—to acknowledge the contribution of migrant employees to the nation.
“Ang talagang pangarap natin ay mangyari na dumating ang araw na hindi na kailangang umalis ang ating mga kababayan para makahanap ng disenteng trabaho,” Marcos Jr. mentioned.
This might be accomplished by creating extra jobs within the nation, mentioned Marcos Jr.
In the meantime, Duterte-Carpio mentioned that she is going to push for the creation of extra one-stop-shop service facilities within the nation and increasing livelihood applications for OFWs—such because the “Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay” Program and theLivelihood Growth Help Program.
“Bilib ako sa tapang nga mga OFWs. Hinaharap ninyo ang lahat ng uri ng panganib sa inyong trabaho. Tinitiis ninyo ang hirap. Bale wala sa inyo ang lungkot. At kahit na could sakit, tuloy lang ang trabaho. Walang pahinga. Halos walang day-off,” Duterte-Carpio mentioned.
“Titiyakin natin na protektado ang mga OFWs sa mga bansang kanilang pinagtatrabahuan. Ang mga embahada at konsulado ay gagabay, tutulong at magbibigay ng kasiguraduhan na natatanggap ng mga OFWs ang tamang sahod at benepisyo mula sa kanilang mga employers at nabibigyan sila ng proteksyon laban sa abuso,” she mentioned.
Duterte-Carpio additionally pushed for applications in direction of peace-building and bettering high quality of schooling within the nation.