Villar reiterates call to establish executive department for OFWs

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Senator Manuel Villar

MANILA, Philippines – In light of the recent hostilities that sparked anew in Israel, Senator Manuel Villar reiterated his call for the establishment of an executive department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“There really should be an agency of government that will work full time [for OFWs], with adequate funds, capabilities, and will not do other things,” Villar, speaking in Filipino, said in an interview during the second OFW and Family Summit at the World Trade Center Thursday.

“There will always be some place in the world where OFWs have problems so we should have an agency just for that. Having an undersecretary for migrant workers is not enough,” he said.

Hostilities broke out in conflict-stricken Israel the previous week killing at least 150 people, including 37 children, reports said. A ceasefire agreement was reached by the Israel government and Islamist group Hamas after Egypt and the United States led the international community in interceding to end the violence.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had recently sent two Rapid Response Teams to Israel to help the estimated 41,000 Filipinos in the region.

DFA Spokesman Raul Hernandez said that 78 Filipinos have so far expressed their intention to leave Israel.

“What is happening in Israel … we already saw in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria,” Villar said, referring to the string of conflicts in the Middle East brought about by widespread protests that affected thousands of OFWs.

“The needs of OFWs is so large that … the DFA and the Department of Labor and Employment [are insufficient]. We have millions of OFWs with different needs … we cannot say the help they are getting is enough,” Villar said.

When asked if a department for OFWs would overlap with the DFA, he said that it would not and would instead improve the efforts of the government in looking after the OFWs all over the world.

“OFWs play a very important role in our lives. There are 10 million already. If there are no remittances from them to our country, our economy will crash,” Villar said.

“They are very important that an undersecretary is not enough. We really need one Cabinet-level secretary,” he said.

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  • magiting78

    Tama bakit hnd nila gawin to at buwagin n ang OWWA wala nmn silbi. OFW ako pero wla pakinabang tong OWWA panay lang kolek ng membership fee..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nelson-Dino/100000291730679 Nelson Dino

    Maganda yang panukala ni Villar. Marami nga’ng problema pa ang hindi alam o makarating man lang saating Gov’t. For 20yrs akong OFW sa Saudi, last na contract ko ay sa Hufof (15 yrs ako roon) doon. May isa kaming kapatid (mga Born again Christians kami) roon na takbuhan ng mga takas na mga DH dahil lamang sa nakilala na siyang ganoon dahil sa siya’y nagtratrabaho as telecommunication engineer at Ptr sa police station kaya’t marami siyang kilalang police officer na sa tingin ng karamihan ay malakas siya at dapat lang na lapitan kung may problema ang isang OFW kaya’t nakilala siyang ganoon, at ano mang problem ng ating mga kababayan doon ay tinutulungan namin doon ng abot ng aming makakaya, ang kadalasan na maitulong namin ay financial. Nguni’t sa totoo lang kapag inihahatid na ng Ptr na yon ang isang takas na DH o simuman na dapat ihatid minsan sa embassy dahil sa malayo ito from our place in Hufof nangangailangan sana siya ng authorization man lang from the embassy nguni’t noong humingi kami hindi man lang kaming pinag bigyan at masama pa ang kanilang tingin saamin dahil daw nakiki-alam kami sa mga takas na OFW. Alam natin yon na hindi naman tatakas yong isang OFW kung walang problema’ng ni-re rape kana, binubugbog,,,actually ilang beses na kaming naka meet doon na buntis na ng anak o minsan ng tatay ng trina-trabahuan niya hindi siya maka-takas mag reklamo dahil sa takot at minsan kinukulong sila hindi makalabas. Nandoon kami witness kami sa napaka-raming problemang dapat e address ng dapat ng ating Gov’t kaya dapat lang yon na may isang ahensiya na nakatutok misimo sa mga OFW lang, at ito remember isang lugar lang ito sa Saudi. God bless the OFW’s and the Philippines. Kudos to Senator Villar!

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/hbRkpPw1oYTBJamz.EH7acMZBBVoIlWXriA-#e4348 Felix

      Marahil ang iyong karanasan ay naransan na din ng ibang tao bago mo pa naranasan at maaring patuloy na nararanasan ng maraming iba pa. Ang pagpalit ng ahensiya o pagtayo ng panibagong ahensiya ay hindi solusyon sa problema dahil nasa tao ang problema. Kung kayo ay tumutulong sa nangangailangan ay maraming salamat at kung gusto niyo ay ipagpatuloy ninyo. Sana kung meron kayong mga reklamo at may ebidensiya kayo laban sa mga tao ng pamahalaan ng pilipinas ay ireklamo ninyo sa kinauukulan ahensiya at kung walang aksiyon ay ilathala ninyo sa internet pati na yong ahensiya na ayaw kumilos para makilala sila ng karamihan at marahil ay may pag asa pa na magbago sila.

  • UrHONOR

    TAMA nga naman….matalino talaga ang mga matsing….kailangang magkaroon ng isang departmento para sa mga OFW na siyang pangunahing bumubili at nakakabili ng mga condo at RE projects sa bayan para, op kors, gumanda ang palakad ng bentahan ng pinagbibili ng VLL na siyang kumpanya ni Villar na nakaba-on sa RE projects sa LUZVIMINDA.  Pag systematically streamlined na nga naman ang pagtugon sa pangangailangan ng mga OFW, mapapabilis ang processing ng bentahan. From Luzon, Visayas, and MIndanao, nakasagad at nakababad ang kunpanya ni Villar sa lahat ng uri ng RE products.  Kung baga sa isda pa yang benebenta ni Villar… mulang GG hangang Tuna, sakop nya.  Siempri pa, pag wala na yong agila, yong pugad ay nandiyan pa.  What is he in power for? Hello, Cynthia Villar!  Hello, OFW….’musta na daw kayong lahat dyan sabi ni Manny Villar!

  • Esme21812

    Agreed…job creation is the key. 
    For the situation now, calling all lawyers especially the underemployed or unemployed to step up and be activists for a cause -support OFWs.  Let’s use PeoplePower -lawyers, media, etc. to support OFWs.  This will show we are not just waiting for government to realize their inefficiencies. 
     

  • captainramius

    Dahan dahan sa pag dagdag ng mga agency sa gobyerno.  Palagi na lang tayo magaling sa papel at idea … pero iba pag execution na… karamihan source lang ng corruption at maging retirement work ng mg ex military ex police or bata ng politician.

    As some readers have pointed here and dami ng agencies on OFW ano pa ito dagdagan na naman.

    Take a look at Noli De Castro voted by everyone lalo na ng masa as vice president kasi champion daw sya ng mahihirap.   Di ba sya naging head ng housing agency… what happened  2  billion peso scam sa Pag ibig… 

    Result…. dami pa ring pilipino wala bahay…. dami paring pinoy mga squatters.

    Yon si Noli balik TV Patrol na lang.

  • opinyonlangpo

    There already exists an organization for that, they call it OWWA. The problem is that they don’t know what is the use of that organization, probably they don’t even know where they should use all those billions collected, oh yeah it is well funded but nobody knows where the money has gone. A useless organization and now they are going to make another one, there is something wrong with the political leadership.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T4HVI3U2UXYXFKRUKIAJ47P3TE ed

    i would rather have the existing procedures be simplified and streamlined than creating another agency with overlapping powers with other agencies. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKBW2BZX34JXQUSVAMZVKCLNAU TagaDumantay

       Agree, this is another way of bilking us with our money. Both will be collecting fees & no improvement in service.

      It’s xmas time again, see you all returning OFWs in Calamba for OEC. Before you go there check / print out your payment on Philhealth & Pagibig at your local area so that you will not be going back & forth. Pila-pila na naman!! 14days to go home

    • kanoy

       I would rather have jobs, businesses, corporations, industries and infrastructure that would make the Philippines self reliant like the countries our people must flee to in order to subsist, if we had those things then there would be no need for the establishment of a executive department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)

  • Internecine2012

    OWWA and POLO ERO are useless. They are a big waste of money. That is it! Away with them! The congress should really look into it because there is a staggering number of complaints from OWF’s themselves.

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