In Oman, Baldoz announces POLOs re-structuring with 162 new positions

Date Posted: November 26th, 2014 12:33 AM


Aim is to realize Pres. Aquino’s goal for POLOs as centers of care and excellence In Oman, Baldoz announces POLOs re-structuring with 162 new positions Muscat--Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced the re-structuring of all Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) starting January 2015 on account of the newly-created 162 positions for overseas posts that President Benigno S. Aquino III has given the DOLE. In an afternoon forum with leaders of over 40 Filipino organizations at the Philippine Embassy in Muscat, Oman, Baldoz said the President has given the DOLE 162 new plantilla positions for overseas posts and this, she said, was a clear signal for the DOLE to intensify its effort to transform all POLOs into centers of care and excellence as the President instructed in his 22-point labor and employment agenda. Earlier, she announced the POLOs re-structuring and the new plantilla positions in a morning meeting with newly-installed POLO-Oman chief, Labor Attacher Nasser Mustafa, and his staff. “While we have begun the transformation of our POLOs into centers of care and excellence which President Aquino III completely supports, we realize that we can do more with additional personnel to really ensure that we perform our mandate of protecting our OFWs and promoting their welfare and interest. The 162 new positions are a welcome reinforcement to this effort and so we have to really be serious in fulfilling the President’s expectations,” she said. “The myriad needs of our OFWs necessitate that we beef up our personnel to meet those needs,” she added. Relative to this, Baldoz said the Human Resources Development Service and the International Labor Affairs Bureau are already working on the new POLOs structure and will come out with qualifications standards for the 162 new plantilla positions in time for the POLO Conference in December in Manila. Initially, the labor and employment chief, who is the main architect of the re-structuring, said the DOLE is contemplating two options for the new organizational structure: (1) POLOs with three operational units and (2) POLOs with two operational units. There will be an internal management unit, welfare unit, and technical unit in the first option, while the welfare unit and technical unit will be fused in the second option. “Whatever the structure the HRDS and the ILAB recommend, I have instructed that the underlying philosophies of good governance with all the elements of accountability, integrity, and transparency be the main consideration. She said that this means all units will use the FLOIS as a tool in the performance of reporting and data management functions. Also, that the number of POLO personnel to be assigned per POLO will be based on the following categories: (a) welfare-heavy post and (b) development-oriented post. According to Baldoz, each POLO will have an ideal complement of 10 to 15 personnel holding permanent plantilla positions, composed of the labor attache, technical staff (from the 162 newly-created positions), welfare officer, and OWWA administrative staff. “Interpreters and drivers may be considered for entry-level positions as option to engaging local hires for these functions,” Baldoz said. She further explained that all POLO personnel shall be governed by the three-year tour-of-duty and two-year home office assignment prescribed in the POLO Manual of Operations. All POLO plantilla positions will be distributed to DOLE offices involved in overseas employment functions on a detail arrangement. POLO personnel returning for home office assignment will be posted at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, International Labor Affairs Bureau, and DOLE regional offices. During the meeting with the Filipino community, Baldoz and his delegation, composed of DOLE Undersecretary in charge of the Middle East Ciriaco Lagunzad, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration head Rebecca Calzado, and International Labor Affairs Bureau Director Saul de Vries, responded to various concerns of OFWs, among them the establishment of an OFW hospital, presence in Oman of the Social Security System, outreach in far-lung areas of Oman, repatriation, and ‘Omanization’. She also introduced to the community Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa as the new POLO chief in Oman. Later after the forum, Philippine Ambassador to Muscat Narciso Castaneda hosted a dinner for the community and Secretary Baldoz’s delegation. Also present were Consul General Hjayceelyn Quintana and Welfare Officer Sylvia ‘Bing’ Tolentino. Secretary Baldoz and her delegation visited Oman on their way to attend the 3rd Abu Dhabi Dialgoue Ministerial Meeting in Kuwait. END

Created Nov 26th 2014, 11:07


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