Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday said that 68,087 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have benefitted from the services provided by the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
“We are happy that many of our OFWs availed of the services of the One-Stop Service Center. Ito naman ay inilagay ng ating gobyerno para makatulong sa kanila. Through the Center, all government frontline services are made accessible to Filipinos who are currently working or planning to work overseas,” said Bello.
The POEA’s OSSCO was launched in 15 August 2016. It now operates from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Mondays to Fridays.
Aside from shortening the time to process their documents, the one-stop shop is also aimed at reducing the expenses of OFWs since the services of concerned government agencies can already be availed of in just one location.
Bello, citing a report from the POEA, said that 19,022 OFWs availed of the documentation workers-on-leave/Balik Manggagawa (BM) of the POEA; 15,072 OFWs processed their membership/renewal to OWWA; 9,248 availed of the services of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation; 8,809 OFWs benefitted from the services of the Social Security System (SSS); and 4,203 OFWs processed their Pag-IBIG membership.
There were also 1,882 OFWs who were issued Certificates of Live Birth, Marriage, Death and No Marriage by the Philippine Statistics Authority; 2,258 OFWs were issued with NBI clearance; and 328 OFWs were issued professional license by the Professional Regulation Commission.
Bello added that One-Stop Service Centers were also established in Regions 8, 10, and 3. The OSSCO in Region 8 is located at the DOLE Regional Office in Tacloban City. The Regional Office of OWWA in Cagayan de Oro City houses the OSSCO in Region 10. In Region 3, the OSSCO is at the Clark Free Port Zone in Angeles, Pampanga.
The government agencies providing services at the OSSCO are the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Department of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, Commission on Higher Education, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Statistics Authority, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Professional Regulations Commission, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Home Development Mutual Fund, Social Security System, and National Bureau of Investigation.