New DMW to inaugurate One Repatriation Command Center

New DMW to inaugurate One Repatriation Command Center

By Tracy Cabrera

Sec. Toots Ople (flipboard.com courtesy)

MANILA — As its first important order of the day, the newly organized Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) will inaugurate a One Repatriation Command Center (ORCC) for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who want to be repatriated and also for the return of the remains of those OFWs who have died while working or for other reasons in countries where they have been deployed.

According to newly designated DMW secretary Susan ‘Toot’s Ople, the reason behind the establishment of the ORCC is to avoid instances like what happened to migrant worker Susan Molino, who was in a quandary as to which government agency she had to approach in order to seek help in returning the remains of her husband Reandro.

“(Para) isa na lang ang dudulugan ng mga pamilya ng OFWs para sa shipment of remains, para sa repatriation of stranded or exploited OFWs. And kami na rin mismo ang tatawag sa mga pamilya,” Ople rationalized to air her advocacy for government to always be ready to assist in whatever way it can distressed OFWs who have been hailed of late as the country’s new breed of heroes.

Following the news about the unfortunate death of Molino’s husband, who was found lifeless with a deep stab wound in his workplace in Riyadh, reaching the DMW, Ople immediately coordinated with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to help the wife of the deceased recover the remains of her husband.
“Hindi namin alam kung saan mag-uumpisa kung kanino kami lalapit kung kay Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) ba, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), kung kay embassy o kahit saang ahensya,” the DMW secretary’s namesake recalled before assistance was given to her.

“Ang sakit-sakit, tapos tinuturo ka lang hindi mo alam kung tinuturo ka ba talaga nila sa tama na sa ganito. Sa isang araw kasi ilan ang pinupuntahan namin, pabalik-balik kami,” Mrs. Molino added.

In reaction, Ople opined that such cases would now be avoided with the creation of the ORCC which would be serving the needs of OFWs with the coordination of other concerned agencies such as the DFA and Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and attached offices like the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO), International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and National Maritime Polytechnic (NRM). (ai/mtvn)

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