Sunday, December 5, 2010

New certification rule for OFWs suspended

Vice President Jejomar Binay, Presidential Adviser for Overseas Filipino Worker Concerns, has announced the 60-day suspension of the implementation of the required certification of host countries where overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) applied.

Binay said that the suspension is expected to give enough time for host countries to comply with the requirements stated under Republic Act 10022 or the New Migrant Workers Act.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be issuing certification whether host countries meet the criteria stated in the law with regard to deployment of OFWs.

But the suspension does not affect the processing and deployment of OFWs to host countries by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Binay also urged land-based recruitment agencies in seeking help from the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee to allow an equivalent insurance scheme for workers, similar to that of the sea-based sector. (Carlo Suerte Felipe)

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