Overseas Filipino Workers Family Help Desks – sounds very useful, isn’t it?
Senator Manuel ”Lito” Lapid recently filed a bill that requires heads of Local Government Units (LGUs) to have an Overseas Filipino Workers Family Help Desk set up in their offices.
This particular help desk will help in ensuring that the family members of OFWs get the basic social services fast and easy.
“It is the policy of the State to protect, strengthen and promote the total development of the family as a basic autonomous social institution and as the foundation of the nation,” says Lapid over the explanatory note of Senate Bill No. 1094.
This bill which will be called the “OFW Help Desk Act” primarily seeks to require all LGU heads to establish an OFW Family Help Desk to give assistance to the concerns of OFW families which includes business counseling and livelihood opportunities.
According to the data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), there are currently 2.3 million Filipino workers around the globe from April to September 2018. Hardly true, though the main purpose of these Filipinos upon working abroad is to support their families, the difficulty of living apart overpowers these benefits.
“As a result, the well-being of the families of the OFWs and/or the OFWs themselves are at stake,” he said. “Further, it leads to the weakening of family ties.”
This Lapid bill will cover all sea and land-based OFWs, be it documented or not.