Group calls on council to craft law on OFW benefits

Members of an advocacy group sought help from the City Council on Tuesday’s regular session to push for a resolution that will push for further benefits and privileges for the overseas Filipino workers.

Dr. Celerino Umandap, overall coordinator of the Advocates and Keepers Organization of OFW Inc. (AKO-OFW), said most of the members came all the way from Kuwait to speak on Tuesday’s regular session.
They were introduced by Councilor Pilar Braga.

The AKO-OFW is a recognized non-government organization by the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, which aims to promote the rights of OFWs and their families. It is registered in the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission and was organized in 2015.

Umandap urged lawmakers to push for OFW discounts on medical and dental services, medicines, and lodging.

“It is just one way for us altogether to recognize the OFWs sacrifice and heroism,” said Umandap, adding that although OFWs are labeled as modern-day heroes, the tag usually remain in words alone.
Braga, meanwhile, moved to pass a resolution to support the AKO-OFW.

“Davao City will be very supportive of your organization because your advocacies are noble, very humanitarian in nature and because of the promotion and protection of the welfare of our modern heroes,” she said.

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