Monday, April 20, 2015

Legazpi City, DOLE join hands to protect migrant workers

LEGAZPI CITY, April 18 (PNA) -- The local government unit (LGU) of Legazpi City and the Department of Labor and its attached agencies on Friday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to protect migrant workers and their families against recruitment malpractices such as illegal recruitment and trafficking of persons.

City Mayor Noel E. Rosal signed the MOA for the LGU with Jayla Bitudyo, representing the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; Regional Director Teresita R. Bantinan for the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration; DOLE Assistant Regional Director Carina Trayvilla; and Regional Director Conrado G. Bares, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. The agreement intends to strengthen the information dissemination on the programs and services to the public and migrant workers.

The MOA materialized through Resolution No. 0032-2015 submitted to the 13th Sangguniang Panlunsod by city councilor Melissa Abadeza as proponent.

The resolution was duly adopted by the SP during its regular session on Feb. 10 and approved by Rosal on Feb. 24.

Based on the agreement, the DOLE and its attached agencies should cooperate in the capability building of the LGU-Legazpi and its partners and local stakeholders.

The DOLE shall conduct Labor Education for Graduating Students on the integrating modules on overseas employment policies and prevention of illegal recruitment as well as training programs for the city’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO) manager for basic employment services, labor market information, skills registry system, enhance PhilJobnet training and basic and advance management skills.

The DOLE shall also hold an orientation on all programs and services of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs.

On the part of the POEA, the agency shall conduct a pre-employment orientation and enhancement training regarding overseas employment laws and regulations and other government programs and services for OFWs.

This will be participated by local government officials -- including the PESO manager, barangay officials, members of migrant workers associations and other local stakeholders.

The agency shall also hold training for police officers regarding Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking in Persons Act.

The POEA shall coordinate with the LGU in the conduct of Pre-employment Orientation Seminar on Wheels and Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking in Persons and other related information campaign.

The agency shall furnish the LGU with updated lists of licensed agencies and entities.

As part of the agreement, the OWWA shall conduct also an orientation programs and services including modules regarding entrepreneurship development, counseling, para-legal, financial literacy, development of OFW case intake, referrals, linkages and net working, and GAD and gender-based violence.(PNA) JBP/FGS/EPS/CBD/pjn