The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment, recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) on a project that will evaluate the effectiveness of the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) for overseas Filipino workers, OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon has reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.
Dimzon said in her report that the project, “Harnessing the Development of International Migration: A Randomized Evaluation of Enhanced Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars for Migrants from the Philippines,” is a research project that will focus on fostering the development benefits of international migration for Filipinos, including a study on the impact of PDOS for OFWs.
“The evaluation study aims to (1) increase OFWs’ financial literacy, and (2) improve their monetary and non-monetary well-being abroad and protect them from exploitation,” Dimzon declared.
Baldoz commended the project and the OWWA for partnering with the AIM, a prestigious organization well-known for its scholarly researches and publications in support of its academic functions.
“The improvement of the PDOS could not only be achieved through the maintenance of its quality, but also through studies to evaluate and assess its effectiveness,” Baldoz said.
The project is divided into four phases: (1) design and development of new training modules; (2) implementation of the pilot PDOS modules; (3) data collection and analysis; and (4) dissemination of the results of the study.
The study will involve interviews of 2,000 pairs of OFWs, mostly the relatively-less skilled. They will be divided into two groups, with one group receiving the standard PDOS, and the other group receiving the enhanced PDOS to be developed. The study will be for a period of three years–baseline survey upon the start of the study; follow-up survey after three months, 12 months, and 24 months after departure.
Dimzon said that with the project, she expects the OWWA to identify the factors that can enhance the PDOS, to institute changes thereof, and thereby improve further government services to OFWs and their families.
Administrator Dimzon signed the MOA on behalf of the OWWA, while Dean Ricardo A. Lim signed it on behalf of the AIM.