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Monday, May 08, 2017

Do OFW's Really Need Cayetano's Bill Creating Dept of Foreign Employment?

Maltreatment and abuse are very common to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).  This is the reason why Senator Alan Peter S. Cayetano filed a Senate Bill No. 1435 that will mandate the creation of Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE).  Cayetano filed the bill after President Rodrigo Duterte announced during his state visit in Saudi Arabia that a department for OFWs is now in the works, but jurisdiction on its creation lies with Congress.



Maltreatment and abuse are very common to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

This is the reason why Senator Alan Peter S. Cayetano filed a Senate Bill No. 1435 that will mandate the creation of Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE).

Cayetano filed the bill after President Rodrigo Duterte announced during his state visit in Saudi Arabia that a department for OFWs is now in the works, but jurisdiction on its creation lies with Congress.

(Watch:Department Of OFWs Coming Soon Duterte)




If approved, the bill will mandate the following;

1. Creation of one-stop-shop umbrella agency that will provide full protection to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families

2. DoFE will serve as channel to address all issues and issues and grievances of OFWs

3. It will handle the promotions of OFWs and mitigation of social cost back home

4. The agency will manage, harmonize, and strengthen existing policies and programs to address the needs of overseas Filipino employment. 

5. It proposes to create a P1­ Billion OFW Distress and Assistance Fund to provide financial support for OFWs in distress including repatriation and provisions for life-saving funds in times of great emergency - as well as training and livelihood loans for returning OF­Ws.

(Watch:SPEECH: President Rodrigo Duterte April 13, 2017 Saudi Arabia)



According to Cayetano, around two million Filipinos leave the country each year due to poverty and joblessness at home.

Most of these OFWs are forced to endure oppressive work condition at the hands of their abusive employer or illegal recruiter.


The head of the agency will hold a rank of Cabinet Secretary and he shall be the primary policy, programming, coordinating, and administrative entity of the executive branch, providing assistance to OFWs in the field of overseas labor and employment.

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