Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


DMW to provide training, aid for human trafficking victims


By John Victor D. Ordoñez, Reporter

THE DEPARTMENT of Migrant Workers (DMW) plans to provide livelihood and retraining programs for jobseekers who fell victim to human trafficking schemes, an official said.

“We are working closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the office of Senator Ana Theresia N. Hontiveros-Baraquel for possible retooling programs for skilled workers and our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were enticed by these fraudsters,” Migrant Workers Undersecretary Hans Leo J. Cacdac told BusinessWorld in a Zoom interview.

On Nov. 12, the DMW provided P10,000 in cash aid to workers who fell victim to an online illegal recruitment scheme allegedly run by Chinese offshore companies in Myanmar.

They were initially offered jobs in customer service and technical positions but were instead made to form relationships with potential bitcoin investors through dating apps and other social media platforms.

The 12 victims were rescued in a remote part of Myanmar through a joint operation by Ms. Hontiveros’ office and the DFA.

Meanwhile, the DMW also plans to expand the newly established OFW Hospital to provide more in-patient services.

The seven-story hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga was inaugurated in July and is intended to provide medical services exclusively for OFWs.

It will also serve as the primary referral hospital for repatriated OFWs in need of medical care.

“We want to help our OFWs reintegrate into the national mainstream and to improve services for distressed OFWs,” Mr. Cacdac said.

The DMW is a newly-established government agency that will be fully operational by next year.  

Migrant Workers Secretary Maria Susana V. Ople said the government plans to deploy more labor attachés in 2023 to ensure the protection of OFWs.

In 2020, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that there were 1.77 million land and sea-based OFWs, down from the 2.18 reported in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic.

Cash remittances from overseas workers rose to $2.84 billion in September from $2.74 billion a year earlier, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!


Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> The exodus of workers from the jobs market over the pandemic has weakened prospects for Britain’s economic growth, the governor of...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> Will Polston, talks to Business Matters about how helping ambitious owners to maximise their potential has resulted in him becoming a finalist...


Elon Musk talks about his company’s Starlink project at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, June 30, 2021. — BRISA PALOMAR / PACIFIC PRESS/SIPA...


PHILSTAR FILE PHOTO The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has approved seven “high-impact” projects, ranging from agriculture to transportation, the agency’s top official...


Television (TV) advertising is shifting toward addressable TV, a service that allows advertisers to show different ads to different audiences watching the same program,...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> Wayne Janse Van Rensburg, Chief Executive of education company Learndirect talks to Business Matters about the inspiration behind their business, which...

You May Also Like


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Filipinos across different groups all over the archipelago. From frontline workers, parents balancing...


REUTERS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s foreign exchange buffers slightly increased as of end-October as the value of the central bank’s...


BW FILE PHOTO GROSS BORROWINGS by the National Government reached P2.6 trillion as of end-September as it continued to raise funds to respond to...


KARASOLAR.COM TENA, Ecuador — Ecuador’s rainforest Achuar people say their ancestors long dreamed of a “fire canoe” or “electric fish” that would let them...

Disclaimer: Respect, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2022 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.