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Imee wants the support systems for dependent OFWs to be improved.

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On Friday, Senator Imee Marcos encouraged the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) organizations to put more emphasis on developing support programs to address the family issues that foreign workers confront.

The remarks were made by Marcos while she was accompanying OWWA Chief Arnel Ignacio to the wake of Virginia Dela Pea’s four children, who were murdered by her live-in partner at their home in Trece Martires City, Cavite province on March 9 before he committed suicide. The funeral was held in Taysan town, Batangas province.

Support organizations, according to the congressman, can deal with the issues experienced by OFWs and their dependents who remain in the Philippines.

“It’s never normal for a family that has a nagkakawalay-walay member. Dapat talaga kahit papaano may support group na nananatili in the Philippines at bigyan ng konting pansin itong mga difficulties na natural lang sa pamilya sana. In the Philippines, there has to be a support group that will address these issues, which are equally common in families “In an ambush interview, Marcos remarked.

She cited Filipino fathers who were left with little alternative but to also function as mothers while their wives worked abroad.

“Yung tinatawag na feminisation of labour, ang bigat nyan sa pamilya. Every time there is a lalake, there is dignity and respect for the other. That is what we refer to as the feminization of labor; it is too burdensome for a family. Thus, it is abnormal and unnatural the way that the family is built up. Naturally, the man will be humiliated and taunted by others. Because of this, the family’s structure becomes strange and unnatural, necessitating assistance “Marcos threw in.

With the help of OWWA, Marcos also promised to assist Dela Pea’s family in any other way she is able.

In order to safeguard the welfare of migrant workers’ offspring, the OWWA Board of Trustees established the OFW Children’s Circle (OCC) by Board Resolution No. 7 last year.

According to a statement from the OWWA, the OCC aims to support OFW children in realizing their full potential in the community and national development. It also addresses the social effects of labor migration, such as the separation from an OFW parent and potential harm to the children’s well-being and mental health.

Additionally, the program will give them a platform to display the artistic abilities and talents of OFW kids, enhance their socialization abilities, tap into their coping mechanisms, and promote awareness of youth-focused and civic causes like the environment and climate change, values reorientation, digital literacy, and anti-drug and alcohol abuse.

For the program’s initial operational and administrative costs, the Board of Trustees has allotted PHP15 million.

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