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Island consultation on enhancing the reintegration programme for OFWs held at Clark Freeport Zone
Clark Freeport Zone – An island consultation on enhancing the reintegration programme for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Project was held yesterday at the Quest Hotel in Clark Freeport Zone.
The consultation is dubbed “Enhancing the Reintegration Programme for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in line with the Migration and Development, and Crisis Management Frameworks in the Philippines (ERPO).”
Around 80 delegates from various stakeholders which include government, non-government organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, and OFW Groups, individuals and families, participated in the said consultation.
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione said that the said consultation yesterday followed a series of consultations that were initially held in Metro Manila early this March.
“The International Organization for Migration (IOM), has partnered with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) for the national government’s intention to review the national reintegration framework and enhance the service delivery programme for returning OFWs,” Dione explained, adding:
“The main objective of this island consultation is to validate the main ideas and action points from the Manila Chapter, as well as validate the draft National Reintegration Summit Declaration to be signed during the National Reintegration Summit to be held sometime in June 2017.”
Dione joined Mission Coordinator/National Programme Officer of IOM Philippines Ricardo Casco, and officials/resource speakers from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), OWWA, and NRCO in facilitating the consultation.
The above-mentioned government offices each provided the current scenario of the State of Affairs Reintegration in the Island.   
For the OWWA’s part, the agency presented the Current National Reintegration Policy, Programme, and Structure.
Meanwhile, the NEDA presented the General Economic Outlook in the Island and PDP.
Last but not least, the NRCO presented the Summary of Issues and Action Points from Sectoral Consultations.
3 Consultation Sessions covering Reintegration Opportunities, Policy and Program Reforms and Service System Delivery Improvement, and Competitive Program Commitments on Reintegration were also undertaken.
To cap off the event, a Validation Session of National Reintegration Summit Declaration was tackled among the delegates from various participating organizations.


END/Jerry Borja with reporting from Freya Palad
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