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Bulacan Cong Villarica’s bill to create Office of Social Welfare Attaches passes 2nd Reading

Feb 2, 2019 @ 10:53

Bulacan Cong Villarica’s bill to create Office of Social Welfare Attaches passes 2nd Reading

A bill authored by Bulacan 4th District Linabelle Ruth Villarica intending to create the Office of Social Welfare Attache (OSWA) to assist Overseas Filipino workers has passed the Second Reading in Congress, it was revealed Saturday.

According to a statement from the House of Representatives, House Bill 8908 seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8042 or the “Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995” for the establishment of the OSWA.

By amending Section 23 of RA 8042, the Department of Social Welfare and Development will be mandated to deploy Social Welfare Attaches in countries with large concentration of OFWs, in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of Labor and Employment.

The Social Welfare Attache will, among many functions, manage cases of OFWs and other overseas Filipinos in distress needing psychological services, such as victims of trafficking or illegal recruitment, rape or sexual abuse, maltreatment and other forms of physical or mental abuse, and cases of abandoned or neglected children.

Congress approved the bill on Second Reading last Wednesday, Jan. 30.

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