Department of Migrant Workers

Summary

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is the executive department of the Philippine government responsible for the protection of the rights and promote the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and their families. The department was created under the "Department of Migrant Workers Act" (Republic Act No. 11641) that was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on December 30, 2021.[3] The functions and mandate of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will serve as the backbone of the department and absorbing the seven offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) namely the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs (OUMWA) of the DFA, Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) of the DOLE. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (from DOLE) will serve as its attached agency and the DMW Secretary will serve as the concurrent Chairperson of OWWA.[4]

Department of Migrant Workers
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Official Seal
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POEA Building in Mandaluyong
Department overview
FormedFebruary 3, 2022; 3 months ago (2022-02-03)[1]
Preceding Department
JurisdictionGovernment of the Philippines
HeadquartersOrtigas Avenue, Mandaluyong, Philippines
Department executive
Child agencies
Key document
  • Department of Migrant Workers Act[2]
Websitewww.dmw.gov.ph

The department is also mandated to closely coordinate with the Bangsamoro Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE) on the training, protection and regulation of deployment of overseas Bangsamoro workers.

HistoryEdit

 
President Duterte signing Republic Act No. 11641 or the Act Creating the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) on December 30, 2021.

On July 12, 2019, during the Araw ng Pasasalamat for OFWs (Thanksgiving day for the Overseas Filipino Workers), President Duterte in a speech promised to finish the framework for the creation of a department that caters to the need of OFWs.[5]

On July 23, 2019, Taguig-Pateros Representative and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano together with Representative Lani Cayetano of Taguig and Representative Paolo Duterte of Davao City filed House Bill No. 00002 and was referred to the Congressional Committee on Government Reorganization and Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs. On March 11, 2020, the House of Representatives with 173 yeas and 11 nays, approved House Bill No. 5832 or the creation of Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment.[6][7]

During his last State of the Nation Address on July 26, 2021, President Duterte marked House Bill No. 5832 as urgent and urged the Senate to pass the bill.[8] Senator Joel Villanueva filed Senate Bill No. 1848 or the Department of Overseas Filipinos Act. Subsequent bills were filed in the Senate and were consolidated under Senate Bill No. 2234. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon introduced several institutional amendments that delimit the scope of the new department to overseas migrant workers and the welfare of Filipinos overseas will be handled by the Department of Foreign Affairs. On December 14, 2021, the Senate unanimously (20-0-0) approved Senate Bill No. 2234[9][10] The following day, the House chose to adopt SB No. 2234 over its House Bill No. 5832[11] understanding the urgent certification of the President.

During the commemoration of the 125th death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Malacañang Palace on December 30, 2021, President Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11641[12] and was witnessed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

Sub-departments and agenciesEdit

  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
  • Undersecretary for Internal Management and Administration (from POEA)
  • Undersecretary for Foreign Employment and Welfare Services (from POEA, OUMWA, NRCO)
  • Undersecretary for Licensing and Adjudication (from POEA)
  • Undersecretary for Policy and International Cooperation (from ILAB)
  • Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO)
  • Migrant Workers Resource Center (MWRC)
  • National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP)
  • Maritime Industry Tripartite Council (MITC)
  • Overseas Land-based Tripartite Consultative Council (OLTCC)
  • Office of the Social Welfare Attaché (OSWA)
  • Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank), in association with Department of Finance
  • Overseas Filipino Hospital (OFH), in association with Department of Health
  • Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rocamora, Joyce Ann (February 3, 2022). "OFW dep't law takes effect, transition underway". Philippine News Agency.
  2. ^ "Department of Migrant Workers Act". Republic Act No. 11641 of December 30, 2021 (PDF). Congress of the Philippines.
  3. ^ "Duterte OKs creation of Department of Migrant Workers". ABS-CBN News. December 30, 2021. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  4. ^ Republic Act No. 11641 - AN ACT CREATING THE DEPARTMENT OF MIGRANT WORKERS
  5. ^ "Duterte eyes creation of OFW department by December". SunStar Manila. July 13, 2019. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  6. ^ "House OKs bill creating Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment". Rappler.com. March 11, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  7. ^ "Committee Report 142 on House Bill No. 5832, 18th Congress, House of Representatives" (PDF). House of Representatives. March 12, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  8. ^ "Duterte pushes for OFW department bill". GMA News. July 26, 2021. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  9. ^ "Department of Migrant Workers bill passed, hailed". Philippine Star. December 15, 2021. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  10. ^ "Committee Report 264 on SB No. 2234, 18th Congress, Senate of the Philippines" (PDF). Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  11. ^ "House adopts Senate version of bill creating OFW dept". Philippine News Agency, Republic of the Philippines. December 15, 2021. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  12. ^ "Duterte signs law creating Department of Migrant Workers". CNN Philippines. December 30, 2021. Retrieved December 30, 2021.