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Duterte certifies as urgent bill creating dep’t for migrant workers, overseas Filipinos

Inquirer.net, Philippines, 31 May 2021 - President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a proposed measure creating a separate department for migrant workers and overseas Filipinos, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement that this is “to provide a more efficient, whole-of-government approach to protect the rights and promote the welfare and interest of overseas Filipinos.”

The President has long promised to create a new department for migrant workers and OFWs.

Senate Bill No. 2234 has recently reached the Senate floor for plenary deliberations.

According to the Department of Budget and Management, at least P1.1 billion would be needed to create the proposed department.

Under the bill, the functions and mandate of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration will be absorbed by the new department.

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Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1439457/duterte-certifies-as-urgent-bill-creating-dept-for-migrant-workers-overseas-filipinos

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