Marcos-Duterte tandem wants immediate operation of Dep’t of Migrant Workers
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio are eyeing the immediate operationalization of the Department of Migrant Workers, which was signed into law last year.
During their hybrid OFW Miting de Avance on Friday night, Marcos Jr. said the new department was created to protect the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by having a separate office focused on their concerns.
“Mabubuo na po ang Department of Migrant Workers at ang susunod na administrasyon ay siya ang magbubuo at gagawa ng lahat ng katungkulan ng bagong departamentong ito,” Marcos Jr. said.
“Ipaghihiwalay na natin ang Department of Labor and Employment at yung Department of Migrant Workers at mayroon na tayong department na iisa lamang ang katungkulan—kundi tulungan ang ating mga OFW,” he added.
Duterte-Carpio also pushed for the immediate operationalization of the department as she vowed for more jobs for Filipinos so that they no longer have to leave the country.
“We look forward to the operationalization of the Department of Migrant Workers,” Duterte-Carpio said.
“Ang aking personal na isusulong — trabaho para sa maraming Pilipino. Naniniwala ako na kung mayroong sapat na trabaho sa ating bansa, mas pipiliin ng mga Pilipino na manatili dito kaysa makipagsapalaran pa sa ibang bansa,” she added.
In December 2021, President Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11641 or the Department of Migrant Workers Act which creates a separate department strictly focused on OFW concerns.
The new department absorbs the functions of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and also regulates overseas employment and the reintegration of Filipino workers.
During the two-year transition period, Duterte-Carpio urged the POEA to immediately craft solid implementing rules and regulations (IRR) that shall cover all the mandated functions and duties of the new department, especially in the implementation of welfare programs and policies that respond to the concerns and needs of OFWs.
She also said that sufficient funding is needed for the implementation of the Department of Migrant Workers.