This news story was published in 4 newspapers of general circulation today, and in numerous social media /Facebook pages.
Way to go, Team ABROAD (formely "CLOE...PP") - from the industry, for the industry !
A coalition composed of recruitment agency associations has thrown its support behind the creation of a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (DOFW)......
Mary Cecile Francisco, co-convenor of the Alliance of Bonafide Recruiters for OFWs’ Advancement and Development (ABROAD), said -
▪ “we welcome all efforts of government to improve and streamline the services and processes involved in the deployment of OFWs.
▪"Many of our countrymen continue to seek employment abroad in order to help their families, and the discussions leading to the creation of a DOFW will allow all the stakeholders involved (OFWs, recruitment agencies, legislators, policymakers, NGOs/CSOs, and the government offices involved in OFW deployment) to sit down and find ways to better protect the interests of our OFWs"
▪“We have been government’s partner in nation-building, especially during times of economic downturns, and in fact have assumed the role as the shock troops or the first line of defense in ensuring that OFWs’ rights and welfare are protected,”
ABROAD is initially composed of at least eight different recruitment agency associations, namely: Australia & New Zealand Association of Employment Providers of the Philippines, Inc. (ANZAEPP), the Association of Philippine Licensed Agencies for Technical Internship Program (APLATIP), the Association of Professional Philippine Manpower Agencies for China Inc. (APPMAC), the Japan Employment Providers of the Philippines & Consultants’ Association, Inc. (JEPPCA), the Organization of Placement Agencies of the Philippines (OPAP), the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI), the Pilipino Licensed Manpower Agencies for Taiwan (PILMAT), the Philippine Recruitment Agencies Association for Saudi Arabia (PRAASA), and other country-specific organizations that are in the process of joining the coalition.