Friday, June 16, 2017

Joint Memorandum Circular on Medical Repatriation of Overseas Filipinos Signed


“In the past, our government agencies have been doing medical repatriation for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), but there is little coordination with each other. With this Joint Memorandum Circular, we are establishing a better and integrated system for medical repatriations, which will hasten the provision of medical services for our modern day heroes,” thus declared Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Roger Tong-an in his welcome remarks during the signing of the said Circular held at the Hotel Jen, Pasay City.

Heads of seven participating government agencies signed the “Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) on the Integrated Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the Conduct of Medical Repatriation of Overseas Filipinos (OFs).”

The JMC aims to streamline the inter-agency efforts of the Philippine government in facilitating the Medical Repatriation Assistance Package (MRAP), which provides assistance to OFs who need to be transported back to the country for further medical care and attention.

“The JMC is there as an instrument for healing. Tutulungan natin ang mga OFW na may malubhang kalagayan na makabalik sa Pilipinas. In other words, the JMC tells the OFW, “hindi lang kayo statistics sa amin-- tao kayo sa amin. Kaya kung malubha ang sakit at hindi ka pwedeng iuwi, gagawin namin ang lahat na dun ka ipagamot. Pero pwede kang umuwi at kaya, may sistemang nakahanda dito,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in his keynote speech. He also encouraged the involved agencies to “go the extra mile” in delivering the services to the OFWs, pointing out that the implementing government offices should conduct an evaluation of the process and meet again after two to three months of implementation in order to address issues and concerns that may arise.  

Under the MRAP, medically repatriated OFs can avail of the following services for free: Airport Assistance and Initial Medical Assessment/Evaluation, Ambulance Conduction, Referral to and/or Confinement in a DOH Hospital, Endorsement to non-DOH Health Facilities, Financial Assistance, PhilHealth Membership Coverage, Medical Escort Services, and Psychosocial Counseling.

The DOH spearheaded the development of this JMC in an effort to harmonize existing processes and procedures, and to formalize inter-agency coordination and cooperation among the participating offices during medical repatriation of OFs, conducted in partnership with the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Social Welfare and Development, the Interior and Local Government, Labor and Employment (and its attached agencies, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration), the Manila International Airport Authority, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

The Circular will take effect 15 days upon its signing.

Source: Department of Health

Friday, March 31, 2017

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh's Bulletin on the 2017 KSA Amnesty Programme

The Department of Foreign Affairs, through our embassy in Riyadh, posed its bulletin on the 2017 KSA Amnesty Programme: "A Nation Without Violators." Details are provided below:

In 29 March 2017, the embassy provided procedures for amnesty application. Details are provided through this link.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

No Need for OFWS to Pay For Terminal Fee at NAIA Starting 30 April 2017

Effective April 30, 2017, OFWs need not pay for their terminal fee at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals. In the Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Transportation and 40 airline companies operating at the NAIA signed last March 15, 2017, the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC), also known as the terminal fee, is waived for OFWs. This is in accordance to RA 8042, also known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, as amended by RA 10022. The said IPSC waiver is also provided to pilgrims, Philippine Sports Commission delegates and others authorized by law and the Office of the President traveling outside of the country.

This waiving of terminal fees starting April are for face-to-face ticket purchases, while online ticket purchases will be waived by the end of July 2017.

PMRW is in the forefront of advocating against integration of the terminal fee on ticket purchases of OFWs. As part of the No to 550 Coalition, PMRW is actively involved in lobbying with lawmakers and campaigning for the immediate scrapping of this fare integrating system and waive terminal fees at all modes of ticket purchase.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Migrants Health Fair Held in Batangas City

The Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) for the Celebration of MOF, conducted its Migrants Health Fair at Batangas Provincial Capitol Grounds in Batangas City last December 16, 2016. The fair was co-organized by the IAC-MOF with the Provincial Government of Batangas.

With the theme "OFW Kalusugan Mo, Ingatan Mo, Mag Healthy Lifestyle Tayo," this was participated by more than 200 participants that includes OFWs and their families based in Batangas.

The fair started with the morning group exercise led by DOH Asec. Eric Tayag.

They also provided booths for various services, such as Nutrition counseling, blood pressure and blood sugar examination and free consultation and provision of medicines and supplements. There were also DOH buses available to provide OB care for women and dental health services. Aside from these, there were booths from Philhealth for participants to check on the status of their membership as well as signup venue for new members, and the CFO for materials on human trafficking, statistics of overseas Filipinos and the services they provide.

DOH Registration booth
Philhealth booth for membership and OF Program inquiries
CFO booth with human trafficking info materials
Free Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar Test and Consultation
Free Medicines and Supplements provided
DOH Mobile Clinic providing OB services for women

Friday, December 16, 2016

2016 National Forum on Migration

The final activity in the series of fora for this year is the National Forum on Migration held at the Ramon Magsaysay Hall of the Social Security System (SSS) in Quezon City on December 15, 2016.

With a theme “OFs as Culture Bearers: Tunay na Malikhain, Matatag at Masipag,” the forum aims  to provide awareness on the importance of OFs as culture bearers through their promotion of arts and culture in the global scale, opening venues for support from other sectors and inspiring other OFs who wish to pursue in this field.

The Forum was attended by almost 200 participants that include OFW Family Circle members, students and faculty members, overseas Filipinos and their families, representatives from the government and other stakeholders in the migration process.

The Forum was graced by Ambassador Jose Brillantes, Chairman of the UN Committee on the Protection on the Rights of All Migrants and Members of Their Families; and Atty. Emmanuel Dooc, President of the SSS.

(From left: Ambassador Jose Brillantes of UN CMW and SSS President Atty. Emmanuel Dooc)
Resource persons for the forum where NCCA Chairman Felipe De Leon, Jr., who shared on qualities that makes Filipinos Filipino, and PMRN Convenor Prof. Stella Go, who shared on traits of Filipinos that leave a global mark.Resource persons for the forum where NCCA Chairman Felipe De Leon, Jr., who shared on qualities that makes Filipinos Filipino, and PMRN Convenor Prof. Stella Go, who shared on traits of Filipinos that leave a global mark.

(From left: NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr. and PMRN Convenor Prof. Stella Go)
After the presentations, two overseas Filipinos shared their success stories. The first was Mr. Manuel Asuncion, co-founder of the Dulaang Bayan Melbourne, Inc. of Australia, who was also to be conferred the Presidential Award. The second was Engr. Maria Corazon Imelda Vince Cruz, a successful OFW from Papua New Guinea who was also awarded the Model OFW Family of the Year Award by OWWA.

(From left: Mr. Manny Asuncion from Australia and Engr. Maria Corazon Imelda Vince Cruz, an OFW from Papua New Guinea)

The participants were entertained by the songs rendered by the award-winning Coro San Benildo. This presentation was courtesy of the NCCA. A presentation of the movie: “Edna” followed, courtesy of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Coro San Benildo serenading the participants