One-Stop OFW Service Center in Western Visayas Launched
The Department of Labor and Employment and its partner-agencies in Western Visayas launched on Wednesday the one-stop service center for overseas Filipino workers at the third level of the Robinsons Place in this city’s Ledesma Street.
Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say, who graced the inauguration, said the center is one of the many OSSCO’s that their department is opening for this year. He expressed hope that by the end of 2016, all OSSCOs in the country will operate full swing.
Say added that the center is in compliance to one of the thrusts of President Duterte when he was inducted into office, which is to make everything convenient for OFWs. “This is one little step that we can do for them; to put everything in one place like this,” he said
The one-stop service center aims to free OFWs from unnecessary expenses, hence, offices that are vital when they process their documents are already gathered in one place.
“When OFWs come home, they spend bonding time with families, normally in malls, thus, it is convenient for them,” Say said.
Currently 15 partner-agencies have installed their respective booths and are ready to accept transactions from OFWs or their immediate families.
Aside from the DOLE, government agencies include the Professional Regulation Commission, Tourism Infrastructure and enterprise Zone Authority, Maritime Industry Authority, Bureau of Immigration, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Foreign Affairs, Home Development Mutual Fund, National Bureau of Investigation, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Employment Administration, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Philippine Statistics Authority, Social Security System, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. (PIA)