Departure seminar for OFWs upgraded

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Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has ordered the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) to withdraw or cancel the registration or accreditation of any provider of pre-departure orientation seminars (PDOS) for overseas Filipino workers(OFWs) who will use such seminars for personal gain.

“The OWWA should regularly monitor and assess the performance of the PDOS providers, rate them accordingly and withdraw or cancel the registration or accreditation of those who are allowing the PDOS to be used as some kind of marketing outlet by private businesses,” Baldoz said on Friday.

The secretary added that she has been receiving “persistent complaints” that some PDOS providers are allowing private banks, remittance companies and insurance agencies to take much of the PDOS time to promote their business among the OFWs.

She saidthe promotional schemes of some private businesses are wasting so much time supposed to be devoted to substantial and more important aspects of what the OFWs expect and need to do once they have been deployed to their countries of destination.


PDOS are a brief, two-hour sessions for the OFWs to help them adjust to their destination countries.

Baldoz ordered OWWA chief Rebecca Calzado to conduct a serious review of the PDOS module and its content, saying a monthly evaluation report on how PDOS providers implement it should be made.

“We would like to see more improved and responsive PDOS, particularly the quality of instruction and the quality of the people who conduct them,” she said.
The OWWA, an attached agency of the DOLE, had signed a memorandum of agreement with the Asian Institute of Management on a project that will evaluate the effectiveness of the PDOS for the OFWs.

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