Promise 80: Improve OFW services in Philippine foreign posts

Posted at 07/25/2010 1:20 AM | Updated as of 07/25/2014 1:32 AM

The Promise

"Transform Philippine embassies, consular offices and Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) into centers of care and service for overseas workers by assigning more foreign service officers to posts where there are many OFWs and train them in the needs of the communities they serve."



In progress

June 25, 2014: The Department of Justice  has recommended the indictment of a Filipino labor attache in Saudi Arabia in connection with the "sex for flight" controversy. The labor official faces two counts of abuses against chastity, while his driver at the same Philippine Overseas Labor Office will be charged with acts of lasciviousness.(Continue reading)

June 12, 2014: Despite Libya being on the brink of civil war, the Philippines is not considering closing its diplomatic mission in Tripoli. “No plan yet to close our embassy,” a source said. “Our nationals are advised to remain indoors and not to participate in public gathering.” (Continue reading)

April 12, 2014: An announcement by the Philippine embassy here explaining the phase-out of green and maroon Philippine passports has gained so much attention it has been read at least 1.2 million times on Facebook, and attracted comments and discussions from Filipinos here, in Kuwait, Australia and Canada. (Continue reading)

January 21, 2014: Filipinos in Kuwait are urging the government to hold Philippine embassy officials and staffmembers accountable for their alleged role in the abuse of Filipino workers. They are calling for the filing of charges against the people supposedly involved in the abuse and trafficking of overseas Filipino workers. (

November 6, 2013: The Department of Labor and Employment warned Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia against individuals misrepresenting themselves as personnel of the Philippine Embassy or the Philippine Overseas Labor Office. (

October 18, 2013: Wards at the Bahay Kalinga in Riyadh are using their time to learn new skills while waiting for their repatriation to the Philippines. A total of 34 wards joined the barista training offered for free by the Data Philippines and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office. (Continue reading)

October 10, 2013: The Department of Labor and Employment has signed a new agreement with Saskatchewan for the protection of Filipino workers in the Canadian province. Under the streamlined recruitment process, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office shall accredit the employer/licensed employment agency in Saskatchewan who will recruit workers in the Philippines, without further verification, on the basis of the registration system of employers to be undertaken by Saskatchewan authorities, under the FWRISA. (Continue reading)

September 25, 2013: Labor attaches and welfare officers are now more ready to handle gender-sensitive cases after undergoing intensive training on the matter."Gender-sensitivity training is now an important part of the requirement for DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) officials and employees who will be posted abroad, and we have intensified the training to enable them to properly address gender needs and issues in Philippine Overseas Labor Offices," said DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. (Continue reading)

September 19, 2013: Hundreds of Filipinos based in Oamaru and surrounding areas in South Islands, New Zealand benefited from the Philippine Embassy's mobile consular services. (Continue reading)

September 12, 2013: The Filipino community in Edmonton formally launched a petition for the creation of a consular office in the province.Marco Luciano, the global representative of Migrante in Canada, said Filipinos in Alberta have to fly to Vancouver just to avail of consular services like renewing their passports. (Continue reading)

Sept. 23, 2013: Six new overseas labor personnel, including four women, have been deployed to the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices in the Middle East, according to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. (Continue Reading)

August 16, 2013: Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz designated two veteran labor attaches to man the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices  in Riyadh and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Baldoz’s action follows her issuance of DOLE Administrative Order No. 262 and A.O. 262-A, imposing stringent measures that would forestall, preempt, and permanently root out the alleged malpractices and misdemeanor against overseas Filipino workers, such as the “sex-for-fly.” (Continue reading)

August 5, 2013: The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur’s Labor Attaché Dr. Alicia D. Santos was bestowed the Gawad Mabini with the rank of Dakilang Kasugo in ceremonies held on July 31 in Manila on the occasion of the 115th Department of Foreign Affairs Foundation Day. 
Dr. Santos was given the recognition for her work with the Filipino community in Malaysia, particularly in unifying the Filipino community organizations in Malaysia under one umbrella organization, the Federation of Filipino Associations in Malaysia, and for working for its accreditation with the Malaysian Registry of Societies. (Continue reading)

July 11, 2013: The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is implementing measures to provide better services for its wards at the Filipino Workers Resource Center and to ensure that they will not be taken advantage of. In a report to the Department of Labor and Employment, the embassy said there has been no reported case of sexual harassment against distressed OFWs. Nevertheless, steps are taken to protect OFWs from possible abuse. (Continue reading)

July 4, 2013: The Department of Labor and Employment has set new and reinforced measures in the operations of the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices and the Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipino Resource Center, or Bahay Kalinga.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday issued Department of Labor and Employment Administrative Order No. 262, s. 2013, which aims to further enhance and strengthen the operations POLOs and Bahay Kalinga. (Continue reading)

May 22, 2012: The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuwait was able to decrease the number of its wards from 262 in May 6, 2012, to 176 as of May 9, 2012 following the repatriation of 30 runaway female workers and endorsement of 55 more to the Immigration and Deportation Center for eventual travel to the Philippines. (Continue Reading)

May 10, 2012: Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday commended the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuwait for successfully negotiating with the Kuwait Immigration Office in settling the absconding cases of 55 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and thus facilitate their immediate repatriation to the Philippines. (Continue Reading)

April 4, 2012: Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz commended the Philippine Overseas labor Office (POLO) in Madrid for working closely with the Philippine Embassy in the delivery of essential consular services to the Filipinos communities in Spanish regions of Marbella, Torremolinos, and Benalmadena in the Province of Malaga, and in the adjoining towns of Sotogrande and Algecirs in the Province of Cadiz. (Continue Reading)

March 5, 2012: The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said 10 foreign service posts will be closed down this year, amid growing opposition from overseas Filipino communities. (Continue Reading)

November 15, 2010: The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Vancouver, Canada, in coordination with the Philippine Consulate General, has reached out and brought its services to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the far-flung Yukon area near the Alaskan border. (Continue Reading)