The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) joined forces with the Provincial Government of Palawan and Local Government Units in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing.
The ceremony, held at Aziza Paradise Hotel in Puerto Princesa on November 28, marked a crucial step in addressing the pressing issues faced by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
This measure further promotes the fight against illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons.
Led by DMW Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia and Governor Victorino Dennis M. Socrates, the signing aimed to strengthen advocacy for the rights and welfare of OFWs.
The DMW, established in January 2023 as the “Home of OFWs,” operates with 16 regional offices nationwide, including Region IV-B in Palawan.
The MOA signifies a collective effort to raise awareness, provide assistance to trafficking victims, and offer crucial information to citizens regarding overseas employment.
Emphasizing the voluntariness of overseas employment, Usec. Olalia stated, “Overseas employment is a matter of choice rather than a matter of necessity.”
Governor Socrates expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts, highlighting the rising consciousness in protecting migrant workers amid the increasing globalization of economies.
The event aligns with the Philippine Development Plan 2023 to 2028 Strategy Framework to Strengthen Social Protection.
Following the MOA Signing, an Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking In Persons (AIRTIP) Campaign Seminar unfolded, attended by PESO Managers, social workers, and law enforcers.
The seminar covered TESDA and OWWA programs, DMW mandates, laws on illegal recruitment and trafficking, and practical reminders to avoid scams.
OFW Partylist Congresswoman Marissa Magsino commended the initiative through a video message, emphasizing the importance of collective efforts in combating illegal recruitment and human trafficking.
In attendance were Board Member Ryan D. Maminta, Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Joshua Bolusa, PESO OIC Orphy Ordinario, and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Abigail Ablaña.
The seminar concluded with an open forum, fostering dialogue and collaboration in the ongoing efforts to safeguard the rights and well-being of OFWs in Palawan.