LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Nov. 16 (PNA)– Filipino emigrants, particularly Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will soon experience less hassle traveling to Manila to have their pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS), with the request of the provincial government for the implementation of a mobile PDOS program in the province.
The request was contained in provincial board resolution no. 1693-2015 approved on Nov. 16 authorizing Governor Amado Espino Jr. to enter into and sign a memorandum of understanding with the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) for the implementation and institutionalization of a quarterly mobile PDOS in Pangasinan.
Filipino emigrants or those leaving the country are required to register with the CFO and part of its registration requirements is attendance to the PDOS to address their adjustment concerns in their destination countries and inform them about travel regulations, immigration procedures, cultural differences, settlement concerns, employment and social security concerns and rights and obligations of Filipino migrants.
“The CFO, as part of its innovative efforts to institutionalize quarterly service program to the localities, has included the province of Pangasinan and for its emigrants to be serviced by mobile PDOS program,”the resolution said.
The provincial government of Pangasinan, through the SP, gives importance to this program of the CFO in conducting the program in the province and spare emigrants from the burden of traveling long distances to Manila.
The resolution authored by Board Member Ranjit Shahani and Board Member Alfonso Bince Jr. said that “it is to the best interest of the province of Pangasinan, in coordination with the CFO, to find ways to improve services to Pangasinense-emigrants through their attendance to the mandatory PDOS to be conducted near their place of residence.” (PNA)