Duterte wants ‘Department of OFWs’ set up by December
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he wants a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers by December this year.
“Apurahin ko ‘yang Department of OFW,” Duterte said in a speech at the Araw ng Pasasalamat for OFWs at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
“By December. Buong Pilipinas ito. Bawal na ‘yang recruitment diyan sa labas na punta ka doon. Doon ka makipag-deal, may listahan doon. Mamili ka na lang kung sino ang gusto mo at ‘yan regulated and I have the power to do that because that kind of mechanism of recruiting Filipino workers abroad has been abused and abused and abused,” he added.
The President said he wanted to recruitment agencies in the country under the proposed Department for OFWs.
“Kayong gustong pumunta ng abroad at ayaw ninyong problema nang husto, pumunta na lang kayo sa akin. Kasi ako na ang magpatawag ng recruitment ‘yang mga p… na ‘yan kasi lolokohin lang kayo,” he said.
“Ngayon, pag nagsawa ako, ibawal ko ‘yang recruitment. Dito kayo sa gobyerno magpa-recruit,” he added. “Bawal na ang recruitment sa labas.”
He assured the OFWs that there would be no “horrendous charges.”
“Kung gusto nila, diyan sila maglagay ng mesa. So under the supervision of government at walang horrendous charges. Hindi ako papayag ng ganoon pag natayo ‘yan,” he said.
He warned those illegal recruiters that their days are numbered.
“At ang mga kababayan ko puro biktima, puro kawawa. Kaya kayong mga recruitment, bilang talaga ang araw ninyo. Pag hindi ko kayo nadala sa usapan na maganda, brasuhan tayo. Pag nagbrasuhan tayo, kayo ang matatalo, sigurado. Narinig ninyo? So you better…” he said.
He said he wanted all recruitment agencies in the country to be under government control.
“Government supervision and control because what has happened and has been happening is not acceptable to the Filipinos now,” he said.
“Hindi na talaga ako papayag. Government control na. Ilagay ko sa supervision,” he added.
The President said that by August he would be creating an OFW office.
“Let me sleep on it for about… August. Second week of August meron na akong… Maybe I can create the Office of OFW. Pati yung isa meron pa ako, yung sa marino. A marine bureau,” he said./kga
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