Galvez supports bill on Dep’t of Overseas Filipinos

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National Task Force COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. has supported the passage of a bill creating a Department of Overseas Filipinos to handle all affairs involving Filipinos abroad.

Galvez’s green light for the passage of Senate Bill 202 authored by Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘’Bong’’ Go was given in yesterday’s public hearing by the Senate Committee of the Whole on preparations and programs of the national government to contain the myriad problems created by the COVID-9 pandemic.

Go cited issues faced by overseas Filipino workers, such as being forced to stay in health quarantine facilities beyond the mandated 14-day quarantine period and OFWs in distress not being able to return home immediately to the country and to their provinces due to limitations in the delivery of services from government agencies such as Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Maritime Industry Authority .

Go said the creation of the Department of Overseas Filipinos is one of his priority bills filed just more than month after being elected as Senator in 2019 and is also part of the Duterte Administration’s priority legislative agenda. “We should make sure that all Filipinos in distress, here or abroad, are given timely assistance and that measures are also undertaken to protect their welfare, especially in times of crises,” he added.

He also reported on the various assistance provided by the government, particularly the cash assistance under the DOLE-AKAP program for OFWs who are either displaced from work or those who were not able to work because of travel restrictions.

 

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