The Philippine government is now aiming to consolidate its migration service institutions into a centralised agency.

As principal author of the bill, Senator Bong Go said the establishment of the Department of Overseas Filipinos (DOFil) is aligned with the objectives of rightsizing the bureaucracy by streamlining and rationalising the organization and functions of all government agencies related to overseas employment and migration into one department.

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration will serve as attached agencies of DOFil, according to Sen. Go.

Rights Corridor explored the issue of creating this new agency for migrant workers with Ricardo Casco, labour migration specialist/consultant with Rights Corridor Dialogue’s Froilan Malit, Jr. on May 07, 2021. Watch full video.