The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is aiming to improve the health of Filipinos working abroad, starting with those who are working as nurses.

According to OWWA, they are aiming to uplift the health and wellness of OFWs as well as their loved ones, but they are first starting with nurses deployed abroad.

As part of the Migrant Worker’s Day which is being celebrated every June 5, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed together with the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) to “coordinate efforts to promote health and wellness of OFWs and their families.”

“(T)his MoU will serve as a platform of a partnership between the nursing professionals… to support health and medical interventions for OFWs and their families,” as written by the MoU.

Under the memorandum of understanding, the OWWA shall be held responsible for creating programs and services that will benefit OFW nurses as well as their dependents. Reintegration services will also be provided for returning nurses and they will be given a psycho-social evaluation as well as counseling both for them and their dependents.

Meanwhile, the responsibility of PNA over this MoU is to give the necessary guidance to be done at the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar of OFW nurses. They will also give the necessary medical and psycho-social assistance to both nurses and their dependents.

Furthermore, OWWA through the partnership of Facebook will highlight its “Digital Tayo” online literacy program that focuses on Filipino nurses working in Hong Kong, Middle East, and Singapore as these countries are the top destinations of OFWs.

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo C. Cacdac said that the program arms to help OFWs determine real news from the fake ones. We’re glad to be expanding our digital literacy program with Facebook for OFWs based in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Middle East. Our shared vision is an empowered OFW community that would have critical skills to vet the information they find online and consistently use privacy and safety tools available to them,” says Cacdac.

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