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Partnership inked for protection of DHs abroad

THE Department of Labor and Employment has partnered with a group of private recruitment agencies to reinforce its campaign to protect Filipino migrant workers, particularly those working in high-risk countries.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the department signed a memorandum of understanding with the Coalition of Licensed Agencies for Domestic and Service Workers or CLADS to extend full protection to domestic workers through the establishment of Welfare Help Desks from licensed Philippine Recruitment Agencies.

Bello said the agreement will also provide DoLE, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration access to monitor the status of CLADS members and their workers in their respective workplaces overseas.

The agreement was signed during the celebration of Migrant Workers Day last week.
    
“This will help the Labor department and our agencies in ensuring the protection and safety of our Filipino migrant workers on their workplace abroad. We thank our partners from the licensed agencies for their initiative to lend assistance to the government and serve our modern day heroes,” Bello said.
    
Under the agreement, OWWA will conduct trainings for the designated Welfare Desk Officers under CLADS and provide them relevant information and communication materials as well as issue certificate of training completion. The POEA shall monitor and supervise PRA member of CLADS on their compliance to POEA rules and regulations; integrate monitoring and reporting requirements and provision of welfare assistance to OFWs in the Continuing Agency Education Program for licensed agencies.
    
CLADS, on the other hand, is tasked to provide a list of focal persons of the participating recruitment agencies and identify WDOs who will undergo the OWWA training.