WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippine Overseas Labor Office-Washington, D.C. (POLO-WDC) headed by Labor Attaché Angela A. Librado-Trinidad participated in the consular outreach mission in Bermuda last April 20-23 spearheaded by the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.
Ambassador Robles together with Labor Attaché Trinidad paid a courtesy visit with the Minister of Economy and Labour Jason Hayward to promote the rights and welfare of Filipino workers in Bermuda.
The Ambassador thanked Bermuda for welcoming Filipino workers to the island. Labor Attaché Trinidad said that as part of its protection mechanism, the Philippine government adopts policies and procedures for the deployment of Filipino workers abroad to ensure that foreign employers and principals are legitimate and that existing contracts of employment entered into by the Overseas Filipino Workers are consistent with laws of the Philippines and the host country or country of destination through accreditation and verification of contracts of employment.
During the outreach, the team also provided on-site services such as evaluation and verification of 107 employment contracts, POPS-BaM exemption assistance, while OWWA also assisted around 134 OFWs who applied for the renewal of their OWWA membership. OWWA’s Programs and Services as well as Financial Literacy Campaign were conducted by Welfare Officer Mae Codilla showcasing the PiTaKa videos and OWWA’s programs.
Labor Attaché Trinidad also visited foreign employers/companies and discussed the provisions of contracts as prescribed by the Philippine government.
Based on the latest available data, there are 1,300 Filipinos working in Bermuda.