26 August 2020 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is coordinating with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) towards streamlining overseas manpower services. This following a stakeholders consultation meeting held by ARTA last August 7.

Last week, August 18, ARTA convened the abovementioned agencies through a virtual meeting in order to discuss how they could work together to make overseas manpower services more efficient for the stakeholders. The meeting was headed by ARTA Director General Jeremia Belgica and was attended by POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia, Department of Labor and
Employment Undersecretary Renato Ebarle, and TESDA Directors Ma. Susan Dela Rama, Ma. Angelina Carreon. Sonia Lipio, and Elizabeth Manio, among others.

The POEA provided the body with a presentation on their process on the licensing of land-based and sea-based agencies. It also presented other relevant services as detailed in the agency’s Citizen’s Charter to which ARTA had given its recommendations.

“The process for accreditation of Manpower agencies and the entire process deployment of OFWs must be streamlined without compromising the safety and security of our kababayans seeking to work abroad. Streamlining neither mean removing all safety measures nor completely deregulating a system. It simply means that we need to restructure the process to retain the requirements and steps truly necessary and eliminate those which are redundant and simply baseless in law or in practice. It also means that all agencies and offices involved should come together and rationalize their processes as one governmental unit”, explained Director General Belgica.

In the following days, ARTA is also set to have separate meetings with TESDA, OWWA, and ILAB.