President Rodrigo Duterte intends to place the process of recruitment of Overseas Filipino Workers under the control of the government by December of this year. The statement was made amidst numerous complaints against abusive and fraudulent overseas recruitment agencies.
He pointed out “horrendous charges” and the abuses taking place within the present state of ofw recruitment process. “By December. Buong Pilipinas ito, bawal na ‘yang recruitment sa labas” (by December, for the entire Philippines, recruitment will no longer be allowed for agencies outside the government). The statement was made at his speech on July 12, 2019 during the Araw ng Pasasalamat for OFWs in Quezon City.
The President bats for the creation of the Department of OFW and said that he wants the proposed department to regulate the recruitment.
Senator Christoper “Bong” Go, who filed a bill seeking to create the OFW Department, noted that the December timeline is still feasible since it will be certified as urgent by the president.
Watch the speech of President Duterte below: