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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NEW MEASURES TO PROTECT OFW IF CAUGHT WITH TANIM BALA AT AIRPORT


IF OFW IS CAUGHT WITH TANIM-BALA AT THE AIRPORT?
AGENCY WILL INFORM EMPLOYER OF THE DELAY OF ARRIVAL
  • POEA WILL PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND WILL HELP REBOOK FLIGHTS
  • PAO WILL PROVIDE LEGAL COUNSELS/LAWYER
  • OWWA WILL PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION AND ARRANGE TRAVEL/FLIGHT TO PROVINCE

SECTION VI
UNDERTAKINGS OF POEA

6.1. Provide representatives and / or facilitation personnel in NAIA terminals Twenty Four hours a day / Seven days a week to assist 
OFWs intercepted with prohibited items in their person/luggages/cargoes.

6.2. Assist OFW resolve the interception and in some instance, 
earnestly rebook their flights in coordination with airline companies.

6.3. Upon knowledge of a report of an incident, advice the worker emphasizing on his rights as a person who might be, or eventually be, or is already subject of a Custodial Investigation.
6.4. Request the Public Attorney’s Office for immediate designation of a Public Attorney to provide legal representation to the worker during investigation, inquest proceedings, preliminary investigation and trial, as the case may be, if he/she has not yet contacted a lawyer of his/her choice.

6.5. Provide, when needed or as may be requested by law enforcement authorities, documents to establish that the person being held in custody is an OFW.

6.6. Require Recruitment Agencies that deployed the subject OFW to provide assistance to the worker by contacting and making representation with the employer on the potential delay in the worker’s arrival. Information as to the status or circumstances of the case must be treated with utmost confidentiality.
6.7. Undertake public information by incorporating the prohibited acts defined under R.A. No. 10591 in Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar(PEOS) and other workers education programs, including the issuance of advisories.



SECTION VII

UNDERTAKINGS OF OWWA
7.1. Provide immediate assistance to the worker or accompanying family member subject of an investigation especially on his/her welfare needs during the conduct of investigation including safekeeping of their personal belongings;
7.2. Undertake intake interview, where possible, to collect personal information, Overseas Employment Status/Record and further welfare needs of the OFW;
7.3. Provide, when needed, relevant information/documents to show proof that person under investigation is an OFW;
7.4. Contact, upon request of, or with the consent of the OFW, the family,relative or a friend of the worker including counsel of choice if any;
7.5. Provide accommodation when the worker has been released from police custody and while waiting for his/her rebooked flight or arrangements for return to his/her hometown, as the case may be;
7.6. Provide stress debriefing and psycho-social counselling of the subject worker including accompanying family member if any prior to rebooking/redeployment;
7.7. Incorporate prohibited acts defined under R.A. No. 10591 in the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)

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