- Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said that the President has ordered him to make sure that the needs and problems of OFWs will be addressed
- Yasay said the least thing that the government can do to help OFWs is to make their services readily available
- He also mentioned that the DFA will cut short the process necessary in granting passports
Overseas Filipino workers will surely look forward to the changes and improvements coming their way.
And how not to look forward after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said at the Tapatan sa Aristrocrat forum on Monday, July 4, that he has his marching orders coming from the President Rodrigo Duterte, and that first among them is to make sure that the needs and problems of OFWs will be specially and adequately addressed.
The President ordered DFA, told Yasay, to make sure that from the first day of the recruitment process up to the time the OFWs arrive at their port of destination the government will be ready and available to help them in their needs.
As disclosed by GMA News and Rappler, Yasay said that as all of us know that our OFWs are “subject to a lot of difficulties, uncertainties, and vulnerabilities”, the least thing that the government can do is to make their services readily available for them.
Red tape will be cut to the minimum, as mentioned by the DFA Secretary; adding that the President will not tolerate any lines or queuing of the public.
“Insofar as the DFA is concerned, we will cut short the process that is necessary in the grant of these passports or travel documents,” he said.
DEPARTMENT OF OFW
The President first announced at a press briefing at the Matina Enclaves in Matina, Davao City on May 16 that he will be creating a new Department that will focus on the needs of the OFWs which will be named “Department of OFWs”
“I will create a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers and I’m thinking of converting the Post Office building in Manila into something very functional, useful to the Filipinos just like housing the Department of OFW,” he said as reported on Sun Star Davao.
Watch the Video by Rappler below: