By Henri Abenis-Macahilo
Former administrative staff at the Philippine Overseas Labour Office in Dubai, UAE (POLO Dubai) has been recently sworn in as new Labour Attache after his tour of duty in Dubai officially ended in March 2020.
Antonio Mutuc Jr. has worked as supervising officer of the Verification Unit of POLO Dubai, Post Arrival Orientation Seminar focal officer and POLO special concerns officer in a span of four years from 2016, under the supervision of POLO Dubai chief, Labour Attache Felicitas Bay.
“We are pleased with the promotion of its former administrative staff Antonio Mutuc Jr. His four-year assignment in Dubai invariably exposed him to OFWs’ (overseas Filipino workers’) concerns, employment facilitation and capacity building services,” said Atty. Bay, adding that Mr. Mutuc Jr. is admired for his dedication and commitment to his work.
“We believe that in his next assignment, he will be armed with the training, learning and experience he got from his tour of duty in Dubai.”
Philippine Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III himself administered the oath of office of Mr. Mutuc Jr., along three other new Labour Attaches – former National Reintegration Center for OFWs Director Roel Martin, Atty. Barwin Scott Villordon, and Lucillet Gayaman, on October 27 at the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) Central Office in Intramuros, Manila.
The newly-appointed Labour Attaches will soon be deployed to different Philippine labour offices abroad.
The Philippine Overseas Labour Office is the Department of Labour and Employment’s link to the world and is directly under the Office of the Secretary of Labour. It acts as labour department’s operating arm for the administration and enforcement of its policies and programs applicable to the Filipino migrant workers.
The POLOs work in partnership with relevant Philippine government agencies, host government, Filipino communities, and non-government organizations that monitor and assist the labour department’s overseas workforce.
About the author: Henri Abenis-Macahilo is the UAE Bureau Chief of Philippine-based news portal, NewsLinePH. She writes articles for Rights Corridor as freelance contributor.