The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) launched on Monday a one-stop service and center for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) where all government frontline services can be accessed.
“This is in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to make it easier for OFWs to avail themselves of the services of the government,” Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said. The service center is at the ground floor of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in Mandaluyong City.
Bello said OFWs can apply for passports, process their Overseas Workers Welfare Administration membership, apply or validate their seaman’s book, and secure clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation among other services.
Bello said one-stop centers will also be set up in all regions.
Data from the Central Bank showed that OFWs sent to the Philippines $24.3 billion in 2014. The figure only represents remittances that passed through the banking system.
It is estimated that some $2.62 billion were sent through personal networks, bringing the total OFW remittances in 2014 to $26.9 billion.