More than 1.2 million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have been served by the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) since its launching in August 2016 as per the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a video posted by Presidential Communication on Facebook, dated October 21, Secretary Martin Andanar visited the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) head office where he interviewed some OFWs who processed their documents in OSSCO.
He was there to find out how easy or how difficult it is for an OFW to complete his or her requirements.
In the video, the secretary got a positive response from OFWs saying the process has been shortened, and the one-stop shop is a big help in reducing transportation expenses of OFWs going from another office to another to complete the needed documents.
One OFW said she is happy because, in one location, she can process all her pre-employment requirements.
Another OFW said he can now see that there is a system in one-stop-shop where they are being served fast from three months to just one day.
Andanar added that there are 16 one-stop shops and one POEA head office in the whole country where OFWs can secure their pre-employment requirements without hassle.
Andanar added that according to data, Philippines send around 5,500 OFWs abroad per day. As of now, there are around four million documented OFWs worldwide. Every year, they send around $26 billion dollars remittances to the country that makes our economy afloat. He said, this the main reason why OFWs are called “modern heroes” and they deserves the best service from the government.
Under OSSCO, OFWs can found the following government agencies under one roof;
- Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
- Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
- Overseas Welfare Workers Administration (OWWA)
- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
- Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
- Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)
- Home Development Mutual Fund (PAG-IBIG)
- Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)
- Social Security System (SSS)
- Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
- Bureau of Immigration (BI)
- National Bureau Investigation (NBI)
- Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
- Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA)
- Philippine National Police (PNP)
- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)