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Monday, June 19, 2017

5 Gov't Agencies, Joint Forces To Fast-Track Repatriation of Ailing OFWs


The government is now fast-tracking the process of repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who may need to return home for treatment of their illnesses.  Getting ill while working in a foreign country considered to be one of the saddest parts of being and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).  Because of this, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) signed a joint memorandum circular (JMC) with five other government agencies to facilitate the processes involving their medical repatriation.






The government is now fast-tracking the process of repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who may need to return home for treatment of their illnesses.

Getting ill while working in a foreign country considered to be one of the saddest parts of being and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

Because of this, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) signed a joint memorandum circular (JMC) with five other government agencies to facilitate the processes involving their medical repatriation.





Aside from DFA, other five government agencies signed in the said joint memorandum circular are the following;
  • Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
  • Department of Health (DOH)
  • Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
  • Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)


According to DFA Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano, working as a team with this five government agency is vital to delivering a more responsive, timely, and well-coordinated assistance to OFWs who need to come home because of critical medical conditions.

Under the “Integrated Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the Conduct of Medical Repatriation of Overseas Filipinos” of the JMC, it stated that every agency has its role and responsibilities to determine the identification of the OFW patient to its transportation to the Philippines and post-arrival stage.

Medical repatriation will be a standard operating procedure (SOP) under JMC and to be followed whenever Philippine government would facilitate a medical repatriation.





DOH data shows that in 2016, among the common medical reasons for repatriation were cerebrovascular accidents or stroke, cardiovascular disease or heart attack, mental disorder, renal failure, and cancer.

Medical repatriation of undocumented Filipinos is also cover under JMC.


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