BY CRIS DIAZ
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: More than 2.3 million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) would benefit the expanded coverage of compulsory insurance law for OFWs in the country, Cagayan de Oro Cong. Rufus Rodriguez said Friday.
Rodriguez, concurrent house deputy speaker, said that the proposed House Bill No. 10802 or an act expanding the coverage of compulsory insurance of OFWs was approved on second reading.
Under the proposed measure, the insurance premium of the migrant workers shall be paid by the foreign employer or by the recruitment/manning agency in the case of agency-hired workers.
Rodriguez, the principal author of the bill, said that the insurance policy shall be effective throughout the worker’s employment or deployment.
He said that the bill also provides for “temporary partial disablement” as an additional benefit for OFWs.
According to Rodriguez, there is an “overwhelming need to protect and ensure the welfare of our migrant workers following numerous reports of maltreatment and exploitation suffered by the OFWs.”
He said that the National Labor Relations was also mandated to consider the inclusion in the repatriation benefit under the crisis situations such as epidemic, pandemic, war, civil unrest, disasters and calamities, whether natural or man-made.
Most of the 2.3 million OFWs contract workers, including those coming from Cagayan De Oro and Misamis Oriental, worked in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America, the 2018 labor data disclosed.
“Noting the OFWs contribution to our economy and their selfless sacrifice for their families left here in the Philippines, passing this bill would mean a lot for them as our modern-day heroes,” Rodriguez said.-0-