1-stop center for OFWs launches

OVERSEAS Filipino Workers from Davao can avail of the services of different agencies as the One Stop Service Center (OSSC) for the sector is now open at Gaisano Mall of Davao.

At the opening of the center on Aug. 11, Labor and Employment Secretary Slivestre Bello III said this is to give tribute for the overseas workers in Davao Region, where the key agencies are tucked under one facility.

“It is in recognition of the sacrifices of our OFWs that we are gifting them with the convenience and ease in doing business with government,” Bello said.

The center is open from Tuesday to Saturday at 10 am-7 pm.

The OSSC includes Department of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, Philippine Statistics Authority, Commission on Higher Education, Professional Regulation Commission, National Bureau of Investigation and Social Security System.

The center also includes Technical Education and Skills Authority, Tourism Infrastructure and Economic Zone Authority, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Bureau of Internal Revenue and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

There is also the National Re-Integration Center for OFWs and clinic of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“As President Duterte had clearly enunciated, we are bringing these services closer to the people in order to lessen the burden on our OFWs in securing necessary documents they need to work abroad,” Bello said.

The OSSC in Gaisano Mall of Davao is in a 400-square meter space at the mall’s fifth floor.

Kelvin Gaisano, manager of Gaisano Mall, said this is to show support to the present administration on th need to put up a facility for the overseas workers.

The center, he said, was set up beginning in April after they talked with DOLE. He clarified that this is at no cost to the government as they provide space for free.

Only the equipment was from the national government.

“We are one with the direction of President Duterte to provide a one-stop shop for OFWs so that it would be convenient for the overseas workers especially that it is within the mall,” Gaisano said.

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