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Thursday, September 6, 2012

DOLE: 17 one-stop processing centers for OFWs now operating nationwide

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said 17 new one-stop processing centers (OSPC) are now operating nationwide for the processing of the requirements of overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

In a news release, the DOLE said the OSPCs have been set up by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). 

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said, "The logic behind a one-stop shop is to fast-track action on an official transaction and provide convenience to the client."
Baldoz urged OFWs and their families to avail of the government’s programs and services available in the 17 OSPCs located in 11 regions throughout the country.

”Most of these OSPCs are already housed in one location together with the regional or field office of the POEA,” she said.

OSPCs provide the following services:
  • OWWA membership processing
  • Issuance of Overseas Employment Certificates by POEA
  • Information services, particularly on last-minute queries of departing OFWs, and
  • other OFW welfare concerns.

"Returning OFWs wishes for more time to be spent with their loved ones, so we in the government should empathize and serve our OFWs fast to enable them to maximize their vacation in the Philippines," Baldoz said.
Citing a report of OWWA chief Carmelita Dimzon, Baldoz said the OSPCs are manned by full-time OWWA personnel.
Baldoz earlier directed Dimzon and POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac to consolidate the programs ad services of their offices under one roof to make the processing of OFW requirements more convenient for their clients.
OSPCs have been set up in the following areas:
  •  Region 1: Zambrano Bldg., San Fernando, La Union, with Marie Ganal as focal person
  •  Region 2: Regional Government Center, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City
  •  Region 3: Clark Special Economic Zone, with Alma Dizon, Ely Llanes, and Maricel Ayson as focal staff
  •  Region 4A: Chipeco Ave., Brgy Halang, Calamba City, Laguna
  •  Region 6: 2nd Floor, Old City Hall Bldg., Luzurriaga St., Bacolod City, with Jennelyn Oyco as staff
  •  Region 7: LDM Bldg., Legaspi cor., M. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City, with Ma. Ofelia Maloloy-on as staff
  •  Region 10: 2/F Trinidad Bldg., Corales Yakapin St., Cagayan de Oro City, with Aniceta Corpin as staff
  •  Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao: POEA-ARMM ORG Compound, Gov. Gutierrez, Cotabato City, with Gem Torres as staff
  •  Caraga: Nimfa Tiu Building, J. P. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City.
On the other hand, the OSPCs which are separated from the POEA field or regional office are in the following regions:
  • Region 1: DOLE field offices at the Laoag Provincial Capitol in Laoag City; Brgy. Carmay, Rosales, Pangasinan, manned by Dolly Anne Camacho; Rizal Street in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, with Vera Andre Orcino as focal staff; and Alaminos City and Dagupan City, Pangasinan
  • Region 5: OWWA Satellite Office, Naga City Hall Complex, Miranda Avenue, Naga City, with Kaye Villamor as staff
  • Region 11: 2/F Amiya Bldg., Quiapo Boulevard, Davao City.
Two other OSPCs will be set up before the end of the year, one in Legazpi City (Region 5) and another in Tacloban City (Region 8), Baldoz said. - VVP, GMA News

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