DoLE to Ensure Compliance with Guidelines Providing for Additional Insurance to OFWs
Byline: RAUL V. GONZALES
Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas has said the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will see to it that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who perform cross-border assignment in the Middle East will be compensated appropriately in accordance with the new guidelines providing for additional insurance and other benefits due them.
Sto. Tomas refuted the reports alleging that Department Order No. 63-04 will not compel recruitment agencies and foreign principals to provide additional insurance and hazard pay to OFWs who perform cross-border assignment in the Middle East.
D.O. 63-04 issued by Sto. Tomas last week provides for hazard pay not lower than 100 percent of the basic salary of OFWs who are required by their employers overseas to cross borders. The order also provides that the OFWs be covered by an additional insurance of not less than US$35,000.
D.O. 63-04 specifies that all employment contracts between OFWs and their recruitment agencies inconsistent with the orders provisions are deemed amended accordingly, Sto. Tomas said.
She stressed that the local agencies and the foreign principals of OFWs who are required to cross borders onsite will be sanctioned if they violated the order, adding the labor officials at the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) particularly in the Middle East have been instructed to inform the employers of the OFWs in the region about D. …