Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Say No To Proposed OWWA $50 Fee

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Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Say No To Proposed OWWA $50 Fee
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Another thorn to my fellow Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) if the proposed bill by Manila Representative Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David gets its approval.

House Bill 6195 seeks to amend Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995. Amendment shall require every OFW to pay $50 to OWWA's Emergency Repatriation Fund before leaving the country.

From the words of Rep. Bonoan-David, she said, "The bill intends to provide the necessary measures for the government to carry out its responsibilities to assist distressed OFWs in cases of war, epidemic, disaster or calamities, natural or man-made, and other similar events, and promote their general welfare. There are millions of OFWs all over the world which the Philippine government is mandated to protect and safeguard under RA 8042 but it seems incapable to efficiently help distressed OFWs due to financial constraints."

I just hope before Rep. Bonoan-David inked this bill, she should have made a dialogue with OFWs. Majority of the OFWs are not high earners. If they don't even know some are already in debt before they leave our dear land. Before they plan to charge a hefty $50, they should be transparent in the first place where the OWWA funds we pay each renewal goes.

Are we even benefiting on being an OWWA member? Or this is an additional burden like the hassle application of getting an OEC.

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