Press Release
February 3, 2016

On the Senate's adoption of the bicameral conference committee report on Senate Bill 2955 or the proposed OWWA Charter

The approval of this measure strengthens the mandate and capability of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration as the principal government agency in ensuring the protection and welfare of our overseas Filipino workers. It also signifies the steadfast commitment of the Senate and the government in general in providing the best and comprehensive assistance program to our migrant workers who are heralded as our "modern heroes."

The legislation aims to provide the OWWA with more funds coming from the national appropriations which is expected to beef up its operations and implementation of pro-OFW measures. Further, it ensures that the contributions of its land-based and sea-based members are disbursed exclusively for such welfare programs.

I would like to thank Sen. Sonny Angara for shepherding the passage of this bill which will benefit millions of our OFWs and their dependents.

I am expecting that once enacted, the OWWA with all its regional and overseas offices will never fail to urgently respond to problems of our kababayans in aspects of repatriation, onsite assistance, reintegration, among others.

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