MANILA – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) directs all recruitment and licensed manning agencies to submit monitoring reports in its system until 31 March. The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Welfare Monitoring System (OWMS) is already in use for monitoring and reporting to the administration the status and condition of all deployed OFWs onsite and seafarers onboard.
Administrator Bernard Olalia orders recruitment and manning agencies to furnish copy of reports on the status and condition of deployed OFWs who are either onsite or onboard in his recent advisory.
“In view of the foregoing, all PRAs (Philippine recruitment agencies) and LMAs (licensed manning agencies) are hereby advised to create and/or update not later than 31 March 2021, the welfare records in the OWMS of all deployed OFWs and seafarers who are still onsite or abroad,” the POEA says.
The OWMS is the standard tool for use by the PRAs and LMAs in submitting reports on OFW status and conditions, as indicated on POEA Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 9, Series of 2019.
The directive requires that an initial report on the status and conditions of newly deployed OFWS onsite and seafarers onboard shall be completed within three months after deployment. Updates of their status and condition should be submitted every quarter thereafter.
Meanwhile, significant and critical incidents involving deployed Filipino workers should be reported to the POEA within five days from the occurrence thereof.
Monitoring the status and condition of deployed Filipino workers complies with the Revised POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Filipino Workers of 2016, the 2016 Revised POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Seafarers, and MC No. 12 Series of 2018.
The agency warns of non-compliance as it will prompt application of appropriate penalties.
“Failure to submit the required reports shall warrant the imposition by the Administration of such sanctions as it may deem appropriate,” it said. (JSM/JuanManila)