SBN-1421: Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Act of 2017

An Act Creating the Department of Overseas Filipino Workers, Defining Its Powers and Functions, Appropriating Funds Therefor, And For Other Purposes

  • This bill proposes the creation of the Department of Overseas Filipino Workers to harmonize all national policies and guidelines to ensure the protection of OFWs, among other functions.
  • The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; and Commission on Filipino Overseas are proposed to be abolished, and their powers and functions, applicable funds and appropriations, records, equipment, property, and personnel are to be transferred to the Department.
  • The Department is envisioned to serve our OFWs better as their concerns would be given primary attention. It will also result in better management of our resources as processes will be streamlined and redundancies will be reduced thereby promoting efficient and effective service that will adequately serve the needs of our OFWs.

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