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OFWs served at one-stop shop balloons to more than 80-K in 2017

Cebu City, Philippines.The number of Overseas Filipino Workers served at Region 7’s One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) skyrocketed to 82,554 for the entire year of 2017. 

It can be recalled that the Center tallied 2,493 OFWs assisted since its launching on 7 October 2016 up to December of the same year. 

“The significant increase of the number of OFWs coming to the OSSCO is proof that there are more migrants becoming aware of the services being delivered by the agencies involved in the center’s operations,” said DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao. 

The Center, located at the 2nd Floor, Government Express Center, SM City Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, houses the fifteen (15) agencies rendering selected assistance and services to OFW-clients. 

For 2017, the months of June and July recorded the most number of OFWs seeking assistance at the Center with the PHILHEALTH registering the highest number of clients served at more than four thousand individuals for each month. 

In his report to Director Ticao, National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO-7) Regional Coordinator Dexter F. Paro cited that the PHILHEALTH assisted a total of 45,537 OFWs for the year. 

It’s being followed by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) tallying 10,777 clients served. The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) assisted 6,009 OFWs, while PAG-IBIG recorded 5,055 individuals assisted. 

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reported more than 4,000 OFWs served and following it is the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) assisting 3,278 migrant workers. 

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) rendered assistance to more than 2,000 OFWs, which is being closely followed by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), serving around 1,890 clients. 

There were 1,364 OFWs assisted by the Social Security System (SSS), while about 434 clients were being served by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) came in next with 403 OFWs assisted, followed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) with 282 and 235 OFWs served, respectively.The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), on the other hand, served 87 and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 34. 

On its first anniversary on 7 October 2017, the OSSCO registered 6,500 OFWs assisted coming from all agencies concerned. 

“The implementation of the OSSCO is in response to the marching orders of President Durterte, through Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, which is to streamline government services particularly thosesolely designed by government to cater to the needs of the OFWs,” added Director Ticao. 

The Center is a place whereby migrant workers transact, file applications, raise inquiries, and process documents just in one place.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com

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2018-01-25
Cyril L. Ticao
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