For easy and speedy access of government service, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III says a one-stop shop will be installed by the Department which will assist overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in securing the requirements they need for their jobs abroad.
“The one-stop shop is part of the efforts of the Department to realize the directives of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to make the services of government agencies accessible to Filipinos who are currently working or planning to work overseas,” said Bello.
Secretary Bello added that the one-stop-shop will include several facilitative services which aim to make the issuance and validation process of documentary requirements easier and more convenient for OFWs, especially for returning migrant workers.
Aside from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the one-stop shop will also include other government agencies, such as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Secretary Bello said that Filipino workers applying for work overseas should be able to get all the clearances they need, including those required by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the police authorities, and health services in just one place.
He added that aside from shortening the time to process their documents, the one-stop shop will also reduce the expenses of OFWs since the services of concerned government agencies can already be availed of in just one location.
In his inaugural address, Pres. Duterte has directed all government agencies to fast-track and make accessible the government services to the Filipinos and reduce official transaction time to 72 hours.