Gov’t to streamline processes on OFW employment services


    Government agencies are crafting ways to make overseas manpower services more efficient.

    The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) recently held consultations with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Department of Labor and Employment , Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration and the International Labor Affairs Bureau towards streamlining overseas manpower services.

    “The process for accreditation of manpower agencies and the entire process deployment of OFWs must be streamlined without compromising the safety and security of our kababayans seeking to work abroad. Streamlining neither mean removing all safety measures nor completely deregulating a system. It simply means that we need to restructure the process to retain the requirements and steps truly necessary and eliminate those which are redundant and simply baseless in law or in practice. It also means that all agencies and offices involved should come together and rationalize their processes as one governmental unit,” said Jeremiah Belgica, ARTA director-general.