Monday, June 18, 2012

House Bill 6195: $50 Contribution From Every OFW Leaving The Country


The News

Manila Representative Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David authored House Bill 6195 seeking to amend Republic Act (RA) 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995. The House measure provides that for every worker recruited or deployed overseas, the recruitment agency or its employer shall be required to pay $50 or around P2,100 as contribution to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Emergency Repatriation Fund before leaving the country.
"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," Bonoan-David said.
RA 8042 has already created and established an Emergency Repatriation Fund under the administration, control and supervision of Owwa with an initial funding of P1 million.
"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.


The Opposition

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) group Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) voiced out its strong opposition against the bill proposed by a Manila congresswoman that imposes an additional fee of $50 to sustain the government’s emergency repatriation funds.
“Rep. Bonoan-David’s proposal is ill-advised. She may be misinformed because the issue is not about lack of fund,” said John Leonard Monterona, M-ME regional coordinator.
Monterona said that OFW funds held in trust by OWWA is now about P13 billion. “And yet the OWWA does not have enough programs and welfare services for OFWs and their dependents,” he said.
Monterona also questioned whether the OWWA is using the Emergency Repatriation Fund properly. “The OWWA has not been transparent on the real status of the OFWs trust fund and where it is being spent,” he said.
He said David’s proposal is clearly anti-OFW.
“For one, it is just an added burden to the already overburdened OFWs. The proposal is also against the mandate of the Migrant Workers Act of 2010 or R.A. 10022,” he said.
Instead of imposing additional fees or charges on Filipino migrant workers, Bonoan-David should channel her “pork barrel” to OWWA’s Emergency Repatriation Fund, said Monterona said.
“Pro-OFW lawmakers should do the same,” Monterona said.
“We, through our Migrante International leaders in Manila might seek a dialog with Rep. Bonoan-David to hear our side and position. If she will insist, then we have no choice but to intensify our campaign against her proposal. We are not milking cows. We will campaign against her anti-OFW bill,” he said.
M-ME likewise underscored the OFW’s huge contribution to the government in terms of cash remittance, which for April alone reached $1.7 billion.

My Verdict

Filipinos applying for a work abroad are being buried in debts even before they flew out of the country for seeking a greener pasture or just because of the lack of job opportunities in the Philippines. Most of them are applying for a loan from lending companies to pay for their placement fees which could amount up to $1,700.
And now, a member of the congress filed a bill requiring our OFW's to pay an additional of $50. I know, it was specifically stipulated on that bill that the additional payment will not be shouldered by OFW themselves but will be paid by recruitment agencies or their employer.
How would she plan to enforce it? I'm 100% sure that that additional payment will be pass on to our OFW. Another burden for our already burdened "heroes".
According to POEA, there are 4,500 OFW leaving the country every day. And if we do the math, the government could collect $225,000 a day or $82,125,000 in a year.
I have to agree with the proposal of the Migrante for our congressmen to channel a portion [or at least 5%] of their Php 70 million pork barrel to OWWA’s Emergency Repatriation Fund. The government could easily get $23,800,000 additional funding from 286 congressmen.
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33 comments:

  1. isang malaking pasakit yang bagong batas na yan. mahirap na nga mag apply, magtrabaho at malayo sa pamilya mo, dadagdagan pa ng mga batas na nagpapahirap pa lalo sa sitwasyon ng mga OFWs gaya nyan.

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  2. Unite OFW's!Let our voice be heard!

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  3. bakit? eh ano pa yung mga binabayad namin sa POEA, OWWA, Philhealth? eto kasi mga congressman/woman na ito gusto lang mapansin sa dyaryo at TV kaya ginagamit ang mga batas para magpa pansin

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  4. That sounds like such a heavy burden. I agree with your verdict of the bill.

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  5. just returning your visit. thank you!

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  6. Sigh!!! The rich gets richer, the poor gets poorer...

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  7. i heard a lot of petition against the bill i hope this will be settled

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  8. malaki na nga kinikita ng bansa dahil sa mga ofw, may $50 pang mandatory? ibawas na lang dapat sa kinukuha ng mga nangungurakot!

    galit lang? haha

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  9. mahirap mangutang pambayad ng placement fee taz dagdagan pa ng batas ang byaran,.mag isip ka nman congresswoman David.sana pakinggan din ng batas ang side ng mga tao.

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  10. Kailangan daw kasi nya ng panggastos pambili ng designer bags at dress plus ang pagmmaintain ng figure at skin kaya naghain sya ng batas na parang sarili lang ang inisip. Alam mo ba kung magkano ang contribution ng isang OFW sa OWWA? Alam mo ba na ang $50 na sinasabi mo e malaking kawalan? At paano ka nag arrive sa $50? Bakit hindi ka nagsimula sa $1? Bigla mo nalang naisip? Ang talino ginagamit sa tamang paraan hindi sa kung anong maisipan lang. Ang sarap mong murahin ng bonggang bongga para matauhan ka!

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  11. Congresswoman, Siguro wala kang kamag anak na OFW? Kahit ipasa mo sa mga employer or recruitment agency yang $50 sa mga OFW pa din kakaltasin yan... Di ka ba nag iisip? Daming pera ng OWWA pero saan ang mga project? Ok lang mag bigay kung talagang may nakikita kaming napupuntahan at sa kapakanan pa din ng mga Kapatid naming OFW mapupunta ang mga ito... sibakin mo mga adviser Regarding sa Propose House bill na ito...nakakahiya kayo di nyo alam ang mga pinag dadaanan namin na kung tawagin eh Bagong Bayani pero Ginagagong Bayani nyo...

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  12. what the f.... you ms. bobo-an-david, you've got to open your mind(if you had one). most of the ofw's earn less than $200 a month, just enough to feed their family and to pay their debts they acquired to pay for placement fee,OWWA contribution,etc....we ofw's feel cheated about the present OWWA contribution already, compared to all embassies here abroad, philippine embassy would rank as the worst embassy in terms of facilities, amenities,services, not to mention the arrogance of the people working there. What more do you want from us? just asking...forgive me but i have to say this.. *&^^%$.

    your modern day slave
    juan overworked

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  13. pansariling interes lang iniisip ng congreswoman na to ah. lapit na eleksyon, dapat mghinay-hinay siya sa mga panukalang batas nya.

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  14. Hindi kase nila alam ang mga pinagsasabi nila eh...sila kaya magtrabaho sa Middle East!!! Wala na ba talagang maiisip na matino ang mga eto, natutulog na kayo sa salapi, yun ang ipangbayad nyo, wag sa min, hirap na dito - dagdagan nyo pa?!!&%$#@

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  15. di pinag iisipan lahat ng angulo.. basta nalang may masabing may naipasang bill..

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  16. Tongresswoman ma.theresa bonoan-david,isipin mong mbuti yang batas n ginwa mo HOUSE BILL 6195,s totoo lng di k nka2tulong s aming mga ofw,sna lng wag kna mgphirap p s amin h!!,bkit di k gumawa ng batas n mka2tulong k s mga tao pra mabigyan ng trabaho d2 s pinas,pra di n lumabas ng pinas at dun mgtrabaho s ibang bansa.,my pondo po s poea-owwa,di nga po lng nmin alam kung saan n npu2nta ung pondo,wla nmang proyekto ang poea-owwa..kung gusto nyo tlaga mkatulong s mga ofw bkit di k mangulekta s mga ksamhan mong nagpa2laki lng ng tiyan dyan s congreso n bwasan ng konti ang kni-knilang PORK-BARREL n nbu2lsa nyo,pti ikaw madam bonoan-david bwasan mo muna ung iniipon mo s election.,at kung may plano kng kumandidata p s 2013,wag mo n ituloy pra nman mbawasan n ang mga WALANG UTAK n politician (BOBO KA!!!),buti p c congressman pacquiao iniisip ang kapakanan at ikabubuting ng mga pilipino,pero ikaw madam bonoan-david wla kng isip!,may pinagaralan kpa nman BOBO KA!!!!.

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  17. HOUSE BILL 6195 BASURA!!!.Congresswoman Ma.Theresa Bonoan-David nkagawa k ng batas kung paano kami mahuhuthutan pra s kandidatura mo s 2013,kapal ng mukha mo!!.kung intensyon mo tlagang mkatulong s mga ofw ay bumawas kyo ng konti s mlaki nyong kinikita s pork barrel!!!.wag nyo n kming twaging bayani kung huhuthutan nyo lng kmi!.,bawasan mo madam pera mo su2nugin mo lng s impyerno yan,buwaya k!.

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  18. Fuck her and the bill, bull shitt.. Dapat sa kanila sinusunog ng buhay, palibhasa hndi cla nghihirap! Hoy gobyerno sa pinas wala kayo kasing corrupt! Ang dami n nga nmin binabayaran kada alis sa pinas at kada taon eh may increase sa mga bayarin nmn tpos gagawa pa kayo ng ganyan.. Palibhasa wala kayo konsensya.. Wala kayo kahihiyan!

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  19. the idea is absurdly complicated! hndi nila alam kung pano naghihirap ang mga OFW para sa pamily. Buti nga sila hndi na nila kelangan mangibang bansa pra lang masurportahan ang pamilya sa pinas.

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  20. SANA MAMATAY NA SYA!!!

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  21. taena netong congresswoman na to, hindi lahat ng ofw kumikita ng malaki, bobo talaga. i wish her dead.

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  22. para sayo BANOan(BANO means walang utak or utak taho)alam mu ba kung ganong kahirap mag trabaho sa ibang bansa ang murahin at alipustahin ng ibang lahi?/ah teresa bonoan?pinaghihirapan naming kitain ang perang sinasabi mo...ang kapal ng mukha mu....bago pa lang kami maka alis ng bansa na hinuhuthutan mu ng pera para sa pagpapaganda mu baon na kami sa utang....kaya utang na ina mo!!!mag isip ka....

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  23. ang kapal naman ng mukha nya. d pba sya kuntento sa pork barrel nya.. mga politiko din naman makikinabang dyan pag natuloy yan.

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  24. Congresswoman, ATTY, Trissha Bonoan David, you are one of the Politician that is serious in making jokes. When you make that House Bill 6591 you just make all the OFW laugh. Are you crazy OFW are just Making end meet, Making about $200.00 a Month. OFW are already paying OWWA $25.00 plus POEA, OEC, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig.
    You are Killing the GOOSE that lay the golden egg. We will remember you this coming election. Thank you for you bright idea squeezing the OFW to the last drop of their livelihood.

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  25. For the ofw, yung pagkuha nalang ngborc evrytime na uuwi ang sakit na sa kalooban, laking abala. At hindi naman natin malaman kung saan napupunta ang mga binabayad na yan. Ngyon may something nanaman na pinopropose na kailanan ulit magbayad? Ano to?
    Porket nasa abroad ba malaki ang kinikita? Pano kung isa ka lng hamak na DH or actory worker?

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  26. Try mO kaya maging ofw ms congressman para malaman mo kung bakit ganito kami magreact

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  27. Sa mga politiko sa ating bayan? kulang na ba ang kinukurakot ninyo sa kaban ng bayan at magdadagdag na naman kayo ng panaybagong bayarin sa aming mga OFW! Subukan n'yo kayang mangamuhan sa ibang lahi at malayo sa mga mahal sa buhay ng mahabang panahon?! Di pa ba sapat yung milyun milyong piso na monthly remittance ng mga OFW? Saan napupunta yung OWWA fund? Napapakinabangan ba ng mga OFW ang pondong iyan? Baka kinukurakot na ng kung sinu sino sa gobyerno ang pondong iyan! Mahirap na talagang magtiwala sa gobyerno ng pilipinas!

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  28. Pundo ng OWWA sobra sobra... saan napunta? sa kung kani-kninong bulsa! napakinabangan ba nga pundo na yan? pag may sakuna sa mga OFW donation lang ginagamit hindi ang pundo ng OWWA... ay naku! tama na! sobra na! ika ni Cory... bakit sa OFW na lang ba pinapabalikat lahat na problema ng bansa! bago makaalis ng bansa pahirapan... sebisyo nyo pa lang walang wala na pero pagdating sa pera ang bilis nyong magsabi sa mga OFW na!

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  29. GRABE !!!! Pangingikil ginagawang legal at isinasa BATAS pa.... Bakit hindi yung mga PORK BARREL ang bawasan at kunan nila ng pondo para makatulong sa mga nangangailangan na OFW???? NAPAKA INIT na panahon tinitiis natinng OFW dito sa Middle East tapos pinag iinit pa ulo natin sa mga ganyang BATAS !!!!!

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  30. Pag dating sa pagkakitaan ang bilis mag proposed ng bill..kung nakikita lang ninyo kami dito sa SAUDI kung gaano magtrabaho sa 48 degress na init ng araw tapos ang sahod delay pa...sana gumawa kayo batas na lahat ng delay ng sahod pwedeng mag cash advance sa OWWA baka matuwa pa kaming OFW

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  31. Abnoy din sya!!

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  32. Pahirap sa OFW ang bill na yan.

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