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OFW TIPS: Handbook for OFWs Act of 2018

Handbook for OFWs Act of 2018

Calling all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)!

In case you missed it, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the OFW Handbook Bill, otherwise known as the Handbook for OFWs Act of 2018 or Republic Act No. 11227 last February 22nd. The Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 192 and House Bill No. 8110, was released to the media earlier this month.

Under the new law, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is mandated to develop, publish, disseminate, and update a handbook on the rights and responsibilities of migrant workers. The handbook for OFWs will be issued to every land-based and sea-based migrant worker free of charge.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall 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.

For his part, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that “The signing of the law (RA 11227) affirms the government’s policy in continuously developing our human resource and providing adequate protection to our Filipino workers especially the OFWs during the full cycle of migration from recruitment, deployment to reintegration.”

The handbook for OFWs will serve as ready reference of our modern-day heroes, as it will deal with key issues they need to know in order to maintain decent employment conditions overseas. As Secretary Bello said, “The handbook arms our OFWs of their rights and privileges, clarifies their responsibilities, and shield them from abuses and fraudulent schemes.”

The creation of the handbook was aimed to:

  1. empower every OFW by making them fully aware of their rights and responsibilities;
  2. complement the worker education program of various agencies;
  3. provide a basic information on the labor and living conditions in the country of their destination;
  4. make the workers well aware of the benefits and drawbacks of working overseas; and
  5. provide necessary information for their reintegration into the Philippine society.

The handbook for OFWs will be written in English and translated in local languages as deemed necessary.

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Sources:
– Official Gazette. “Republic Act No. 11227”. officialgazette.gov.ph. https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2019/02feb/20190222-RA-11227-RRD.pdf (accessed March 26, 2019)
– Philippine News Agency. “Duterte signs Handbook for OFWs law”. pna.gov.ph. http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1063459 (accessed March 26, 2019)

 

 

 

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