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Philippines : Villanueva welcomes 2nd-reading approval of bill institutionalizing social welfare attaches in countries with high concentration of OFWs.

Senator Joel Villanueva, chairperson of the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development, on Wednesday welcomed the approval on second reading of a measure institutionalizing social welfare attachs as a permanent component of Philippine foreign posts in countries or jurisdictions with the highest concentration of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) or cases of Filipinos being trafficked.

"It is high time that we pass a measure deploying more social welfare attaches amid the numerous cases of abuses against OFWs especially in the Middle East," said Villanueva, author and sponsor of Senate Bill No. 1819 or An Act Establishing The Office For Social Welfare Attache.

Data shows that from 2013 until the first semester of 2017, our Social Welfare Attaches served a total of 61,131 distressed OFWs who were victims of physical, sexual and psychological abuse, maltreatment, trafficking and marital conflicts, as well as abandoned or neglected children and other vulnerable sectors.

However, Villanueva noted that only eight social welfare attaches were deployed in several parts of the world as of May 2018.

The Social Welfare Attache Bill provides: a) adequate and timely social, economic and legal services to OFWs; b) deployment of social welfare attaches to manage cases of OFWs in distress; and c) ensures coordination among agencies and various groups to address the psychosocial needs of distressed OFWs.

"We have over 10 million Filipinos spread out in more than 170 countries.

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