The back to back launching and MOA signing of the One Stop Shop and the Regional Reintegration Network for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) on October 29, 2016 was met with much jubilee as DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III led the festivities.
Secretary Bello, in his message, stressed the importance of OFWs and how much they are close to the President’s heart. The drafting of the agreements are the administration’s way of recognizing overseas workers’ contribution in economic development and nation building.
The One Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO), currently housed at the Baguio Convention Center, was created so that all government agencies engaged in the promotion of the interests and well-being of OFWs will be represented to efficiently respond to their needs. The center is tasked to make available to OFWs the agency’s programs and services and adequately respond to queries; providing rationalized and streamlined systems and procedures governing the application for and acquisition of documents; implementing government rules and regulations, extending relevant services to facilitate processing of documents and eliminating unnecessary and duplicative requirements for deployment overseas. Fifteen (15) government agencies are partners to this endeavor.
The Regional Reintegration Network, on the other hand, was established to cater to the needs of returning OFWs and their families for their reintegration into the society. The twenty (20) partner agencies are tasked to provide comprehensive and supportive reintegration services to overseas workers or their families. Member agencies, both public and private sectors, provide various livelihood assistance/projects and scholarship grants to deserving OFW returnees or their beneficiaries.
Lyla Jane B. Tacio