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Jan
8
2014

POLO-OWWA in Qatar now near Philippine Embassy

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The Philippine Overseas Labour Office and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA) in Qatar is now moving to a new location near the Philippine embassy in Jelaiah area in Doha, Qatar.

Labour Attache Leopoldo de Jesus said that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Qatar has expressed clamor to keep the OWWA, POLO, and two other government agencies (SSS, PAG-IBIG) near the embassy in one location to make it convenient for them to do transactions for various government services. The Philippine embassy in Qatar moved in the same area just last year to reach out more Filipinos who need consular services.

Photo Credits: Gulf Times

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Published in: OFW News, Philippine News
Aug
5
2013

What is the Difference Between POEA and OWWA

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are sister agencies. They are both under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and were established to protect the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Their mission as posted in their official website is as follows:

POEA: Promotes and develop the overseas employment program and protect the rights of migrant workers

OWWA: Tasked to protect and promote the welfare and well-being of OFWs and their dependents. Being a membership institution, OWWA’s programs, projects and services are geared towards safeguarding and promoting the welfare and interests of its members.

As their mission and goals are very similar, they work hand in hand but their main difference lies in their functions:

POEA: is the agency that the worker will go to before he leaves to work abroad. Most of the things that an OFW would do to ensure legal status would be done at POEA.

So for complaints and assistance prior to the deployment of OFW, go to POEA.

OWWA: is the agency to go to once the worker is already deployed overseas.

Documented OFWs go to OWWA to know their benefits and how to avail them. This is also the agency to go to request for assistance or if there are complaints regarding foreign employers.

 

 

 

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Published in: OFW Tips and Guides
Jun
28
2013

DOLE Orders OWWA to Assign Female Welfare Officer

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Labor Secretary, Rosalinda Baldoz instructs Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) chief to immediately assign a female welfare officer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This order is seen as one solution to stop the alleged “sex for flight” scheme.

The secretary of Foreign Affairs, Albert del Rosario confirms the allegations of sexual exploitations of distressed female OFWs to Labor Attaches in the Middle East by presenting three female workers who claim that they were abused by a Filipino labor officer in Saudi.

The DFA is currently investigating the complaints and even expanded their scope. Aside from  PH embassies in Middle East countries, they are also looking in embassies in other countries that have shelters for distressed migrant workers.

At present, countries with female welfare officers are: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Jeddah and Oman.

 

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Published in: OFW News, OFW Stories
Jun
17
2013

DFA to Investigate “Sex for Flight” Cases of OFWs

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Officials of the Department of Foreign (DFA) resolved to make a thorough investigation on reports of “sex for flight” cases of distressed OFWs in the Middle East region.

According to the report of House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs Chairman at Akbayan Representative Walden Bello, the DFA was alarmed by the report so they ordered for an investigation of the concerned embassies

Bello reported that OFWs from Middle East countries who encounter problems and seek assistance from the offices of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) would sometimes need to do a sexual favor so they can go back to the Philippines.

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Published in: OFW News, OFW Stories
Dec
11
2012

OWWA’s Grand Salubong Pamaskong Handog sa OFWs

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According to the Facebook page of PIA-OFW Watch, the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration (OWWA) is set to launch this morning the “Grand Salubong Pamaskong Handog sa OFWs” at the  Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The OWWA Administrator, Carmelita Dimzon said that  their agency prepared a red carpet in the OFW Arrival Area where arriving OFWs will pass. Aside from the special red carpet, OWWA will also  give loot bags and souvenirs to all OFWs every day this December.

 

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