More one-stop service centers for OFWs will be established all over the country before the year ends, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Thursday.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said these centers will be put up in areas where there are heavy concentration of OFWs based on records by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO).
According to the CFO, the three areas with a large concentration of OFWs are National Capital Region, CALABARZON, and Central Luzon.
"This will provide our overseas Filipino workers the facility for obtaining their requirements for their efficient deployment," Bello said in a statement.
At present, there are three one-stop shops for OFWs, the latest of which, located at Clark Polytechnic in Jose Abad Santos Avenue, Clark Freeport Zone, was launched on September 16.
"Gusto kong iparating sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na dito sa Pampanga, na meron na po tayong one-stop service center para sa mga OFWs," Bello said.
Aside from the one in Clark Freeport Zone, a one-stop shop for OFWs was also established in Lingap Pinoy Center at Robinson’s Mall in Puerto Princesa, while the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), an attached agency of DOLE, launched the country’s first fully integrated one-stop service center for OFWs in August.
The next OFW centers will be established in other regional centers such as those in San Fernando, La Union; Cebu; Cagayan de Oro; and Davao.
Bello said the establishment of one-stop shop for OFWs is in accordance with President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to simplify the processes an OFW has to undergo before his or her deployment abroad.
"Napakalapit sa puso ng ating Pangulo ang mga OFWs," Bello said. —KBK, GMA News