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One of PRRD’s pledges will be fulfilled by the Department of OFW.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go applauded his colleagues’ approval of legislation creating a Department of Migrant Workers on Tuesday, claiming that the move brings the Duterte administration closer to fulfilling one of the administration’s campaign promises to improve the condition of the overseas labor force.

The bill, which Malacanang declared urgent in May, aims to bring together the agencies that deal with the issues of abroad Filipino workers into a single office (OFWs).

In his manifestation address, Go, one of the measure’s co-authors, said, “This bill is not only part of the Duterte administration’s legacy, but also of this Congress.”

Senator Joel Villanueva, chair of the Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resource Development, was also praised for his efforts in getting the bill passed.

“I just want to congratulate and thank Senator Joel Villanueva, the bill’s hardworking sponsor, for pushing for its passage. Talagang pursigido po ang ating sponsor na mabigyan ng sariling departmen ang ating OFWs. Alam ko po ang pinagdaanan ng ating sponsor mula sa pakikipag-usap sa iba’t I

Go claims that if Senate Bill No. 2234, or the proposed Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act, becomes law, it will reduce or eliminate the burdens faced by OFWs, including red tape.

“Tapos na po ang panahon na pagpapasahan pa kayo ng iba’t ibang ahensya. Hindi niyo na kailangang maghanap kung saang departamento kayo (dapat) pumunta at manawagan sa Facebook, sa radio at sa telebisyon.

In addition, Executive Order No. 154 mandated the construction of a 100-bed OFW hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga.

The commencement of construction was made possible by a PHP500 million grant from Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc. and PHP300 million from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation for the procurement of state-of-the-art medical equipment at a launch ceremony held in November last year.

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