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OWWA optimistic
over amended law

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration expressed optimism that Republic Act 10022, or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Workers Act of 1995, as amended would create an impact on the working conditions of Filipino workers abroad, a government press release said.

OWWA regional director Samuel Madrid said the Philippine government is trying its best to ensure the safety of overseas Filipino workers and what was stated in their contract is followed.

If there are problems, although, there are only minimal coming from OFWs who are from Western Visayas and concerned agencies like the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and OWWA are quick to respond, he added.

Madrid added that there could be adverse reactions at first on RA 10022, but, in the end they would recognize that it was for their welfare.

Under the amended version of the law, the Philippine government through the DFA will be listing down countries where it has a bilateral agreement relative to ensuring the welfare of workers.

Concerned agencies are also trying to find new markets for Filipino workers, the press release said.

Madrid encouraged OFWs to visit the OWWA office should they have concerns and also advised them to be wary of groups or people who may take advantage of their vulnerabilities, it added.*PNA


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