TACLOBAN CITY – A total of two thousand two hundred eighteen (2,218) vacationing Overseas Filipino Workers, and soon to be OFWs availed of the services of the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs in Tacloban City after it was launched in September 6, 2016.
In a report submitted by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Officer-in-Charge Marlon M. Macalla to DOLE Regional Director Elias A. Cayanong, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has the highest number of OFWs served at 1,069. The services include application for social benefits, education and training assistance, workers welfare assistance, social services and family welfare services, assistance through reintegration programs, and KSA relief assistance program.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) came in second with 461 clients served who all applied for NBI clearance. The third agency with the highest number of OFWs served is the Commission on Higher Education with 231 OFWs asking assistance in the issuance of certification, verification and authentication of scholastic records.
Other member-agencies that provided assistance to OFWs through the OSSCFO are: POEA with 229 OFWs served; Professionals Regulations Commission with 91 OFWs served; Philippine Statistics Authority with 65 OFW served; PhilHealth with 38 OFWs served; Social Security System with 21 OFW-clients; Bureau of Immigration with 14 OFWs served; TESDA and MARINA with 3 and 1 OFWs served, respectively.
Director Cayanong said that the one-stop service center for OFWs remains committed to serving OFWs and their families in the region so that it will be easier for them to avail the services of the government.