- Philippine House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs, House of Representatives and Senate
Preamble update: found on the House of Representatives official website are other bills filed by Rep Bonoan-David
HB06323 Re: spending of OWWA funds for the benefit of former OFWs, not specifically mentioned as the dues paying members of OWWA and also for other vague, unspecified purposes
HB06357 Re: unspecified amendment to the OFWs R.A. 8042
AN ACT TO UTILIZE THE FUNDS OF THE OVERSEAS WORKERS WELFARE FUND (OWWA) TO PROVIDE BENEFITS AND SPECIAL PRIVILEGES TO FORMER OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Status: Pending First Reading (Filed last 2012-06-06)
AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8042 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE MIGRANT WORKERS AND OVERSEAS FILIPINOS ACT OF 1995
Status: Pending First Reading (Filed last 2012-06-19)
Our Original Petition Preamble
On May 17, 2012 Rep. Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David (4th District, City of Manila), filed House Bill 6195 (HB 06195) that will require Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to pay $50 as contribution to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Emergency Repatriation Fund before leaving the country.
HB 06195 seeks to amend Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, provides that for every worker recruited or deployed overseas, recruitment agency or its employer, in addition to the obligation to repatriate its workers shall contribute $50 to OWWA's Emergency Repatriation Fund.
HB 06195 was read on May 23, 2012 and was referred to the House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs on the same date.
"The bill intends to provide the necessary measures for the government to carry out its responsibilities to assist distressed OFWs in cases of war, epidemic, disaster or calamities, natural or man-made, and other similar events, and promote their general welfare," Rep. Bonoan-David said.
"There are millions of OFWs all over the world which the Philippine government is mandated to protect and safeguard under RA 8042 but it seems incapable to efficiently help distressed OFWs due to financial constraints," Bonoan-David said.
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We, the undersigned urge the Members of the Philippine House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs, the members of the Philippine House of Representatives and of the Senate to reject House Bill 6195 (HB 06195) filed by Rep. Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David (4th District, City of Manila) on May 17, 2012 that will require Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to pay $50 as contribution to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Emergency Repatriation Fund before leaving the country.
We, the undersigned believe that the $50 will further burden the OFWs by adding to the cost of fees they currently pay, even before they leave home. All these financial obligations eventually lead into debt bondage.
We, the undersigned believe that the government in looking for funding should search beyond the pocketbooks of the OFWs. Milking cows get better treatment than the way our government burden the already overburdened OFWs. Buhay, pagod, luha at lungkot ang puhunan nang mga OFWs, huag na ho nating dagdagan ang hirap nila. Ang kailangan nila ay tulong, hindi pabigat sa buhay nila.
Therefore, we the undersigned urge all our legislators:
OPPOSE HB 06195... REJECT HB 06195... SAY NO to HB 06195!
The SAY NO! HOUSE BILL 6195 FIFTY DOLLARS OWWA FEE petition to Philippine House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs, House of Representatives and Senate was written by Maria Elizabeth Embry and is in the category Government at GoPetition.