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PRRD is the “father of OFWs,” according to successful welfare programs: OWWA

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the father of migrant workers, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) claimed on Friday, citing the numerous government initiatives put in place to safeguard the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is without a doubt the president of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the father of OFWs. He is the President who actually issued a detailed order to assist in protecting our OFWs, according to OWWA chief Hans Leo Cacdac at a Laging Handa briefing.

These include the opening of the nation’s first OFW hospital, the OFW Bank, and the founding of the Department of Migrant Workers.

There are OWWA programs, of course. I’m happy to report that the number of people receiving direct payments through our OWWA programs has grown by 200 to 250 percent. That is, there has been a 200–250 percent rise in livelihood, scholarship, medical, disaster relief, death and disability, and other OWWA programs compared to the previous administrations, which received OWWA funding directly into their hands, Cacdac stated.

He continued by saying that the Duterte administration had strengthened the scholarships available to families of OFWs.

Due to the programs launched by the President and (Labor) Secretary Silvestre Bello III, he continued, “Our scholarships that were extended during the tenure of President Duterte in conjunction with CHED (Commission on Higher Education) raised our new OWWA scholars by 100 percent.

Around 1,030,000 OFWs who were impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak received assistance from the Duterte administration and were returned to their home areas.

“Our programs are still helping those affected by the pandemic by providing food assistance, quarantine support, and transport assistance during COVID-19. We also gave struggling to return OFWs monetary aid, according to Cacdac.

He added that during Duterte’s administration, the Philippines inked labor agreements with host nations including Kuwait, Israel, and Germany.

The Asean Consensus on the Protection of Migrant Workers Across Southeast Asia, which was reached during the Asean Summit 2017 and was hosted by President Duterte, was also mentioned, he continued.

The number of people receiving the agency’s welfare services has climbed by at least 30%, according to Cacdac.

“This indicates that we have helped more OFWs. We assist roughly 120,000 OFWs onsite each year on average. Without a doubt, the Duterte administration has laid a very crucial framework for expanding programs,” he continued.

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