In a report submitted to DOLE Regional Director Elias A. Cayanong, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) posted the highest number of OFWs served at 1,069. The services include application for social benefits, education and training assistance, workers welfare assistance, social services and family welfare services, assistance through reintegration programs, and relief assistance of DOLE to OFWs affected by Saudi oil crisis.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) came in second with 461 clients who applied for NBI clearance. The third agency with the highest number of OFWs served is the Commission on Higher Education with 231 OFWs who availed of issuance of certification, verification and authentication of scholastic records service.
Other member-agencies that provided assistance to OFWs through the OSSCO are: POEA with 229 OFWs served; Professionals Regulations Commission with 91 OFWs served; Philippine Statistics Authority with 65 OFW served; PhilHealth with 38 OFWs served; Social Security System with 21 OFW-clients; Bureau of Immigration with 14 OFWs served; TESDA and MARINA with 3 and 1 OFWs served, respectively.
Cayanong said that the one-stop service center for OFWs remains committed to serving OFWs and their families in the region so that it will be easier for them to avail the services of the government.
END/V.A. Doroja Jr