Medical repatriation efforts for OFWs strengthened

Date Posted: June 21st, 2017 01:00 PM

A more cohesive and synchronized procedure for the medical repatriation of overseas Filipinos is now assured with the signing last week of a Joint Memorandum Circular among government agencies, including the labor department.


Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the joint effort is another milestone in providing full- seven cycle migration assistance, especially to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).


“The joint circular strengthens our interdepartmental efforts in protecting the rights and promoting the welfare and interests of our overseas Filipinos, including migrant workers,” Bello said.


Apart from DOLE, the other agencies involved in the joint memorandum circular are the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Interior and Local Government, Manila International Airport Authority, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.


The goal of the JMC is to set in place an integrated system and process flow on medical repatriation among involved agencies and parties to ensure proper, timely and well-coordinated delivery of assistance and services to overseas Filipinos, whether documented or undocumented.


“With this joint agreement, we will now be able to harmonize our policies, processes, and procedures; define our roles and responsibilities in medical repatriation, and institute a standard reporting and monitoring system,” Bello said.


Under the JMC, the DOLE, through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and other partner agencies, will be in charge in coordinating and facilitating the medical repatriation.


Among these activities include coordination with families or next-of-kin regarding the medical condition; securing of medical clearance or certificate of fitness to travel; medical reports; and logistics arrangement, including provision of transport assistance from host country to the Philippines.


“With our one country approach as our guidepost, we can now better address the issue of medical repatriation, which has demanded due attention from the government in the last few years,” Bello said.

Created Jun 30th 2017, 15:33


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