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Department of Migrant Workers bill passed, hailed

Phil Star, Philippines, 15 December 2021 - The Senate yesterday unanimously approved on the third and final reading a bill that calls for the creation of a department tasked with addressing the needs and concerns of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), who remit P3 million every minute.

Voting 20-0-0, senators passed Senate Bill 2234, or the proposed Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act.

Sen. Joel Villanueva, one of the bill’s proponents, said the department would serve as the “go-to agency” for all OFWs’ concerns, including recruitment, red tape, regulation, emergency response, repatriation and reintegration.

Sen. Bong Go, also a main proponent of the measure, congratulated and thanked Villanueva for pushing for the passage of the measure.

“Our sponsor is really determined to provide our OFWs with their own department. I know what our sponsor went through from talking to various agencies and OFW groups to reconciling different versions of the bills,” Go said in his manifestation.

“On my part, I can just pass it on and give it as a gift to them – to our OFWs, to migrant workers – this Christmas,” Go added.

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Source: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/12/15/2148073/department-migrant-workers-bill-passed-hailed

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