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Saturday, March 02, 2019

5 Things You Need to Know About OFW Handbook Law


Handbook for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Act of 2018 is now a law. This is after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the bill into law on February 22 but Malacanang only released a copy of it on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Handbook for OFWs Act of 2018 is now Republic Act 11227.  So what's inside the law? Here are the five things you need to know!  1.  OFWs' rights and responsibilities will be the main topic of the handbook. Under the law, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is mandated to develop, publish, disseminate and update this handbook!  2. The handbook will be given to every OFWs for free! Both land-based and sea-based OFWs.  3. OFW Handbook will be in English but comes with local language translation.  4. Basic information on the labor and living condition of the countries where OFWs are working will be published. The aim is to empower OFWs by making them aware of their rights and responsibilities.  5. Throught the handbook, OFWs will be informed of their rights as workers as well as human being.  Aside from publishing and disseminating the Handbook, POEA is tasked to update it as well.   Aside from that five important points of OFW Handbook Law,  it also instruct the Department of Labor and Employment, POEA, and the Department of Foreign Affairs to promote the welfare and protect the rights of OFWs. POEA was also tasked to implement and intensified program against illegal recruitment activities, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies.  The DOLE was mandated to "see to it that labor and social welfare laws in the foreign countries are fairly applied to migrant workers and whenever applicable, to other overseas Filipinos including the grant of legal assistance and the referral to proper medical centers or hospitals."
Handbook for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Act of 2018 is now a law. This is after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the bill into law on February 22 but Malacanang only released a copy of it on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Handbook for OFWs Act of 2018 is now Republic Act 11227.


So what's inside the law? Here are the five things you need to know!

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1. OFWs' rights and responsibilities will be the main topic of the handbook. Under the law, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is mandated to develop, publish, disseminate and update this handbook!

2. The handbook will be given to every OFWs for free! Both land-based and sea-based OFWs.

3. OFW Handbook will be in English but comes with local language translation.

4. Basic information on the labor and living condition of the countries where OFWs are working will be published. The aim is to empower OFWs by making them aware of their rights and responsibilities.

5. Throught the handbook, OFWs will be informed of their rights as workers as well as human being. Aside from publishing and disseminating the Handbook, POEA is tasked to update it as well.



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Aside from that five important points of OFW Handbook Law, it also instruct the Department of Labor and Employment, POEA, and the Department of Foreign Affairs to promote the welfare and protect the rights of OFWs. POEA was also tasked to implement and intensified program against illegal recruitment activities, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies.

The DOLE was mandated to "see to it that labor and social welfare laws in the foreign countries are fairly applied to migrant workers and whenever applicable, to other overseas Filipinos including the grant of legal assistance and the referral to proper medical centers or hospitals."


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