Training on Emerging Trends in International Migration Equips LGU Focal Persons and OFW Leaders in Cavite

Event Phot: Training on Emerging Trends in International Migration Equips LGU Focal Persons and OFW Leaders in Cavite

In a proactive move to address the evolving landscape of international migration, nearly 50 participants, including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Association Presidents from various Local Government Units (LGUs) in Cavite, LGU Migration focal persons, and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) staff, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) representatives, DepEd officials, and members of the Cavite Overseas Filipino Welfare Council convened on April 12, 2024 at the Session Hall of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in Trece Martires City.

Organized by the Provincial Government of Cavite through the Office of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (OPSWDO), and the Cavite Migration Office, the training aimed to provide valuable insights into emerging trends in international migration and equip local leaders with the knowledge needed to address related challenges effectively.

The event commenced with a warm welcome from Ms. Ekeiko Paola Haidah Sadang, the Promotive Division Head of OPSWDO, followed by opening remarks delivered by Ms. Beverly Alvaran, on behalf of BM Romel Enriquez, Chairperson of the SP Committee on Women, Family, Children, Elderly, and Social Services, expressing the government’s commitment to supporting the welfare of OFWs and their families.

Distinguished speakers shed light on various facets of international migration during the training session. Ms. Riza B. Sevilla, Program Coordinator of ATIKHA, Inc., provided an overview of Philippine overseas migration, highlighting key trends and patterns. Ms. Aileen Constatino-Peñas, Executive Director of ATIKHA, Inc., delved into emerging trends in irregular migration, underscoring the need for vigilance and preventive measures.

Furthermore, Atty. Rina Rojas, OIC-Chief of the Legal Assistance Division of the DMW Migrant Workers Protection Bureau, discussed the recruitment process during the pre-departure phase, shedding light on legal frameworks and safeguards to protect migrant workers’ rights.

During the interactive open forum, participants engaged in fruitful discussions, tackling pressing issues such as illegal recruitment, fraud, exploitation, or abuse of Filipino migrant workers, aiming to foster a deeper understanding and collaborative efforts to combat such practices.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Precyl T. Ramos, OIC of OPSWDO, expressed gratitude to all participants for their active involvement and reaffirmed the commitment of the provincial government to continue initiatives that promote the welfare and protection of OFWs and their families, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing migration-related challenges.