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Monday, April 9, 2012

OWWA urges OFWs to undergo proper documentation

Filipinos who have plans to go abroad must follow proper procedures to be properly documented as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) region 2 Regional Director Robert Bassig urged the public.

The pronouncement of the director was made during the media conference at the Philipine Information Agency (PIA) region 2 as he admitted that the challenge is still posted on undocumented OFWs in different countries in the world, working in different field using only tourist visa or directly hired without proper doceuments.

He explained that despite the series of calls the government made in different countries where most of undocumented OFWs were arrested, tried, and jailed, there are still a number of undocumented workers.

"In the documents we have, there are countries where majority of OFWs are undocumented versus those who are documented. This is a great challenge to us, especially so that we are facing problems in countries having internal difficulties; here, undocumented Pinoys will be having challenges. We therefore urge them to always follow proper procedure in going abroad," Bassig stated.

He said one of the challenges also during these times is to convince the OFWs to come home in times of forced reptariation, however, there are also things to consider in the descision of the workers abroad which the governement should respect. Despite this, Bassig confidently stated that the Philippine government is prapared to manage any eventuality to where Filipinos are working. (TCB/OTB-PIA-2)

source: PIA

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