Thanks to ‘excellence’, Philippines to be rewarded with higher OFW quota in Korea

09-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Interaksyon | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration won second place in the Excellent Records category of South Korea’s 2013 Best Practice Excellence Award in the implementation of its Employment Permit System (EPS) for overseas workers. This entitles the country to a higher labour quota to be decided this year.

“This Award affirms the country’s consistent sterling performance in the deployment of skilled overseas Filipino workers under the Korea Employment Permit System (EPS),” said Labour Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz in a news release.

In his report to Baldoz, POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said that HRD Korea director general Kim See Tae handed the award to POEA deputy Administrator Amuerfina Reyes and director Ninfa de Guzman at the culmination of the recent EPS workshop held in Seoul late November last year. A total of 15 sending organisations sent delegates to the EPS workshop.

The award came with a plaque and cash of $300. The Philippines, together with Sri Lanka, shared second place, while Kyrgysstan, Pakistan, and Vietnam were awarded 3rd place and $100. director general Tae bestowed the Best Practice award of $500 on Nepal.

The five other finalists will also be entitled to a higher labour quota.

Also, the HRD Korea official committed to reimburse the total $1,456 airfare of the two Philippine representatives who bagged the honor on behalf of their country in sympathy for the Philippines due to the effects of super typhoon Yolanda.

Best POEA practices

POEA officials Reyes and de Guzman, during the workshop, highlighted the Philippines’s best practices since the EPS’s inception in 2004:

Sustained, transparent EPS dissemination, including announcements and advisories in the POEA website,

Comprehensive education including the conduct of pre-application orientations for EPS applicants during job fairs and registration, pre-employment briefing, pre-departure orientation seminars, pre-flight briefings, post-arrival orientations in Korea, and labour education programme by the Philippine Overseas Labour Office

Transparency to workers in all stages of hiring

Effective regulation founded on the Code of Discipline for OFWs

Reintegration support for voluntary returnees in coordination with the National Reintegration centre for OFWs (NRCO).

Baldoz said that while modest, the honor bodes great significance reflecting the host country’s sincere intention based upon both countries’ mutual commitment for the ethical and efficient implementation of the EPS redounding to OFW welfare and protection.

“For the record, the Philippines has consistently fulfilled its obligation under the EPS,” Baldoz emphasized.

“Our effective implementation of the EPS, resulted in the deployment of 35,568 OFWs in 340 batches as of 20 November 2013,” she added. The Philippines and South Korea have renewed their EPS agreement thrice.

Baldoz, then as POEA Administrator, forged the EPS with the Korean Ministry of Labour (MOL) in 2004 for the purpose of effectively regulating the employment of skilled OFWs in the South Korean economy under ethical conditions and excellent practices guaranteeing their welfare and protection.

The labour chief also thanked and cited the Philippine Overseas Labour Office in Seoul, headed by Labour Attache Felicitas Q. Bay, for the active support it extended EPS.


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