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The introduction of an OFW department is welcomed by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is a good development, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). It indicates the country’s commitment to building a globally recognized migration management system.

DFA Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola noted in a virtual press conference that the bill forming the agency was the first in the world to integrate the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration’s suggestion (GCM).

“(We are the first country in the world to enact this) Ang kauna-unahang bansa sa buong mundo ang tayo ang kauna-unahang bansa sa buong mundo ang tayo ang kauna-unahang bansa sa bu We are pioneers, as this is the first law in the world to include the GCM in its policy. As a result, ito talaga ‘yong (this is how) we truly live our words “she stated

The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA) of the Department of Foreign Affairs, as well as other government departments that care about the requirements of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), will be absorbed into the new agency, according to Arriola.

She went on to say that there would be a one-year transition period to avoid any service disruptions.

“We at the DFA will actively collaborate during the one-year transition period to ensure that the OUMWA’s transfer goes smoothly. So that’s why we’re here because we’re talking about the transition to ensure that we get off to a good start and that there are no service interruptions during the transition “she stated

Arriola, who is presently based in Bahrain, conducted a Middle East mission where she visited with her peers and other international authorities.

During these meetings, she stated that Qatar, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia were all in favor of the DMW’s formation.

“(Nabanggit) natin sa tatlong bansang ito na magkakaroon na tayo ng DMW (We stated to these three countries that we will be having the DMW),” she said.

Qatar and Saudi Arabia, according to Arriola, have expressed willingness to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Philippines on combating human trafficking.

Furthermore, the three Middle Eastern states are eager to cooperate with the country to demonstrate how collaboration between a model country of origin and a model country of destination may be successful.

“Making bagay ‘yan kasi ito’yong main destination countries ng karamihan sa ating OFWs, and this improves our cooperation with them,” she said.

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