Friday, September 22, 2017

PCG Jeddah's Advisory on Extension of Amnesty

The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Jeddah posted this advisory on the extension of amnesty for undocumented OFWs.

For more details, you may check the PCG's official website.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

PMRW Granted Consultative Relationship with AICHR

The Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW) was granted consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).

The AICHR is an inter-governmental body and an integral part of the ASEAN organizational structure. As a consultative body, AICHR develops strategies for the promotion and protection of human rights to complement the building of the ASEAN community, enhance public awareness of human rights among the peoples of ASEAN, promote capacity building for the effective implementation of human rights treaty obligations by Member States, promote the full implementation of ASEAN instruments related to human rights, and engage in dialogue and consultation with other ASEAN bodies and entities, including CSOs, among others.

The Consultative Relationship with the AICHR aims to establish an enabling environment for meaningful and constructive engagement and interaction between AICHR and CSOs; further strengthen ASEAN cooperation in the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the ASEAN Charter, ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) and the Phnom Penh Statement on the Adoption of the AHRD, international human rights instruments to which ASEAN Member States are parties; and contribute to the building of a people-oriented, people-centered ASEAN Community.

Being in consultative relationship, the AICHR may seek to consult PMRW through consultations, seminars, workshops, and implementation of specific studies and projects of the AICHR Work Plan.

PMRW looks forward to a productive partnership with AICHR in the promotion and protection of the rights of migrants and their families.

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.