Solon seeks the creation of social development and welfare center for the families of OFWs

March 1, 2014 10:12 am 

MANILA, Feb. 28 — A party-list lawmaker responded on Friday to the call of families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to create a social development and welfare center for them by crafting a law that will make them busy during prolonged separation.

In his House Bill No. 2466, OFW Family Party-list Rep. Juan Johnny Revilla said the measure seeks to institute a social development and welfare assistance program for OFWs’ dependents through the creation of OFW Dependents’ Social Development and Welfare Assistance Center.

“…numerous cases of marital or family problems abound among OFWs’ families. It’s not uncommon to hear cases of youth delinquency, substance abuse, emotional and psychological breakdown,” Revilla said in his explanatory note.

The neophyte solon said that despite the improvement in the economic condition of millions of families brought about by the remittances of the OFWs, there are underlying costs affecting OFW families due to prolonged separation.

Under the bill, the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator is mandated to create the center in every region in order to divert the attention of OFWs' loved ones, especially women, to more productive awareness and keep them off from possible marital problems.

These centers are mandated to provide social development, welfare and counseling assistance to dependents of OFWs and prepare a reintegration program for returning overseas workers.

They are also tasked to serve as coordinating office to non-government agencies and organizations that extend assistance to OFWs and serve as an effective link between OFW dependents and various government agencies.

The bill provides that the center be established in areas where there is a large concentration of OFW dependents.

The OWWA, on the other hand, shall promote and aid in the creation of OFW Dependents’ Association or support groups in every region and shall also facilitate the interaction among members of OFW dependents in the locality.

The bill calls for an annual report to be submitted to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as to the number of reported cases as well as the type of intervention and assistance provided by the center. (PNA)

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