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Labor conference focuses on global thrusts to ensure quality jobs, better protection for OFWs

Labor conference focuses on global thrusts to ensure quality jobs, better protection for OFWs

Amidst the global preference for the overseas Filipino workers, the Philippines is set to implement a global mapping and profiling system on OFW skills to ensure quality jobs, as the Department of Labor and Employment moves toward a better reintegration and protection mechanism for the country's modern day heroes.
Philippine Labor and Employment Secretary Arturo D. Brion bared the developments as he convened the Labor Attaches representing 34 Philippine Overseas Labor Offices worldwide to a significant command conference designed to bring into full bloom the country's policy to ensure globally the welfare and protection of the OFWs.
Attending the ongoing 2007 Command Conference are Philippine Labor Attaches to major OFW host destinations like Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei Darussalam, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Korea, Riyadh, Unaizah, Alkhobar, Jeddah, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Oman, Israel, Jordan, Saipan, Washington, D.C., Canada, Rome, Milan, Geneva, Madrid, Greece, Lebanon, and Brussels.
The first phase of the five-day 2007 Philippine Overseas Labor Offices Conference begun in Tagaytay City, Batangas on December 27 to 28, 2006, and will culminate in Pasay City from January 3 to 5, 2007. Opening the conference on behalf of Brion, Acting Labor Secretary Danilo P. Cruz zeroed in on the crucial role of the POLOs amidst the growth in the global deployment of OFWs, which surpassed the one-million mark in some 190 economies in 2006.
Cruz said that given the realities of the international environment, "the POLOs have gained importance more than ever... as we continue to address challenges in our overseas program to enhance our services, our market employment opportunities, and our reintegration plan for returning OFWs."
"As Secretary Brion has noted in calling this command conference, your role is all the more important in the face of the continually changing international labor market, the flow of irregular migrants, the social costs of the families left behind, among other issues affecting the employment and welfare of OFWs." In this light, Cruz told the labor attaches that the conference will be a venue to "inspire, direct and inform you of our policy initiatives and directives, while sharing best practices and learning lessons on international migration, the reintegration program, harnessing remittances, building partnership, and effective conciliation and mediation."
On behalf of Brion, Cruz highlighted the heroism of the POLOs in ensuring the safety of the OFWs during the crises in Lebanon and Kazakhstan. "Indeed, our evacuation and repatriation efforts in Lebanon, and lately in Kazakhstan, underscore the relevance of our Philippine Overseas Labor Offices in times of emergencies and at all times."
Cruz told the POLOs that at all times, "you have a vital role in ensuring quality jobs for our fellow Filipinos," at the same time that the government is "also intensifying anti-illegal recruitment efforts by way of preventive, as well as remedial measures."
"We shall be implementing, soon, a global OFW skills mapping and profiling system vis-a-vis the world market demand, which is vital in our effort to ensure quality jobs for our overseas workers," he said, adding such will be complemented by "our efforts geared towards the full implementation of our e-services infrastructures to provide timely information to OFWs and job sites."
Cruz said that all these thrusts are being reinforced by more, innovative ways of providing better protection to our OFWs, including improved Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars to better prepare them to the realities of working overseas, and the enhanced reintegration program for the OFWs and their families.
"Along this line, I urge you to be judicious in the use of resources, and to exercise due diligence, as I also emphasize the importance of accountability in your actions in the service to our OFWs."


Updated : 2021-04-11 09:29 GMT+08:00