Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arturo Tugade on Friday led the opening of the 2nd One Stop Shop Center for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at the Clark Freeport Zone.
The One-Stop-Shop Center is expected to fasttrack government processes especially for overseas workers.
“This is part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to provide convenience to our OFWs mostly working in the Middle East and other parts of world, they can now go to Clark to transact their requirements for their convenience,” Bello said.
According to Bello, “this is the 2nd One-Stop-Shop Center for OFWs established inside the Clark Freeport Zone and it is near the Clark International Airport.”
He said that “the requirement is to put up a One-Stop-Shop Center at Clark and at the same provide all the facilities which will include not only the Foreign Affairs, actually the NBI and DOJ as well as the medical facilities to our Kababayans.”
Bello said that they will put up the same centers in other parts of the country such as in San Fernando La Union, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro and Davao City, adding that the facilities will be completed within the year.
Bello said that Clark airport is being geared as the next alternative airport to ease decongestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila.
“There is now a move to transfer several flights at Clark airport, and the establishment of the one stop shop in Clark is timely,” he added.
For his part, Tugade also said the establishment of the One-Stop-Shop Center in Clark is part of the requirements of international carriers geared to benefit OFWs passing through the Clark Freeport Zone.
Tugade also said that the facility in Clark will benefit OFWs mostly residing in Central and Northern Luzon who flies at Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga.
Tugade said that the one stop shop center is now open and operational for the convenience of the OFWs.
The opening of the facility was also attended by former President and 2nd District Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, Catanduanes Congressman Cesar Sarmiento, Former Nueva Ecija Rep. Renato Diaz, Clark International Airport Corporation President Alexander Cauguiran and Clark Development Corporation President Noel Manankil.
The DOTr and DOLE took the lead for the establishment of the said One-Stop-Shop Center Center at Clark. CIAC) and the CDC also provided support for the establishment of the facility.
The new facility is home to sixteen agencies in a single building located at Clark Polytechnic, just a few kilometers from the Clark International Airport (CRK).
Among the agencies are, the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Philhealth, Pag-Ibig Fund, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare (OWWA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Social Security System(SSS), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) and Bayad Center.
The One-Stop-Shop Center will provide services such as the processing of the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), NBI clearances , the processing of Pag-Ibig OFW members contributions, Philhealth payment premium contributions and members registration, SSS registration and membership data amendment including acceptance of loans and benefits claim applications, PSA’s processing and issuance of birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, and CENOMAR.
MARINA’s issuance and revalidation of seamans’ book, issuance of PRC’s professional licenses and TESDA’s issuance of training certifications and applications for scholarship programs will also be facilitated in the Center.
The facility is also equipped with a WiFi internet connection for the convenience of the agencies and the OFWs.