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Duterte eyes separate agency focused on welfare of Filipino seafarers abroad

/ 09:05 AM October 27, 2020
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(File Photo) Repatriated OFWs arrive at the NAIA Terminal 2 to board their flights as the NAIA resumes operations starting Monday, June 1, 2020, under the General Community Quarantine.
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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing the creation of a separate agency to address the welfare of Filipino seafarers.

“I will also create another agency and that is the maritime… the seafarers. Kasi sinabi ko, sila,  iba-iba yung treatment ko doon because of the so many international laws involved dito,” Duterte said in an address aired Tuesday.

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The President, likewise, called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to look into the situation of a stranded Filipino seafarer in Vietnam.

“I’ve read that one Filipino [is] stranded in Vietnam right now. I’d like to ask [Labor] Secretary [Silvestre Bello III] to look into the matter. He has been there for two years,” Duterte said.

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“That is unconscionable. I cannot accept that kind of mistake of the government. We should bring him home. No Filipino should be left stranded like a person with no nationality.  Tignan mabuti itong problemang ito para ma-solve kaagad. I hope the DOLE will take this suggestion seriously,” he added.

Duterte also renewed his push for Congress to pass measures creating a department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“I’d like to hurry up Congress in this. Iba yung Department of Labor [and Employment], they take care of the internal na mga trabahante dito…I propose in the coming months and I hope to come up with a department for overseas workers,” he said.

“Overseas kasi ‘yan ang ano ko sa mga kababayan ko na naghihirap sa labas that there will be a more thorough review sa policies for you protection and that somebody should look after you,” he added.

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