MANILA As many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) continue to arrive in the country to be with their families during the Christmas season, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Bong Go renewed his call to create a department solely for OFW concerns.
Go said while many government agencies provide their respective kind of service to OFWs, it has the unfortunate effect of making the process more complicated and causing confusion among the so-called "modern day heroes".
Mas gusto ko po ngayon na magkaroon ng Department of OFW, kasi marami po lumalapit sa opisina namin dati at hanggang ngayon na private citizen na ako, Go said in an ambush interview Wednesday after visiting fire victims in Makati City.
Hindi nila alam kung saan sila lalapit o sino ang tatawagan nila, katulad na lamang kung sa DFA ba sila lalapit o lalapit ba sila sa POEA, sa OWWA o sa DOLE, he added.
As a result, Go said there is a growing trend where many distressed OFWs seek help by posting their predicament on Facebook or other social media platforms because they have no idea which agency they should approach for help in their particular situation.
Kapag mayroon na po tayong Department of OFW, iisa na lamang ang lalapitan nila at ito na po 'yung makikipag coordinate sa Embassy, coordinate sa OWWA, sa POEA kung illegal recruiter po ang kumuha sa kanila at tsaka may sariling budget din ang DFA para sa pag-papauwi, said Go, who is running for senator in the 2019 elections.
Go said just recently, he assisted several male OFWs in Kuwait who were hired as masseurs but fell ill after suffering from abuse.
Ni-recruit sila as masahista, pagdating doon pinag-trabaho po ng extra service, inabuso, nagkasakit, mga lalaki pa naman. So tinulungan ko po makauwi dito at kinasuhan namin, hinanap talaga namin ang illegal recruiter, he said.
Go said the creation of a Department of OFW is part of the legislative priorities he would pursue if elected senator.
Source: Philippine News Agency