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For purposes of policy and program coordination, the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) is now transferred from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

This is pursuant to Republic Act 10801 entitled “An Act Governing the Operations and Administration of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.”

On 22 May 2018, the Labor Department issued guidelines on the NRCO transition. Stated in the Administrative Order 270 signed by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, that:

The NRCO is an integral part of the new OWWA Organizational Structure. Its Executive Director shall become a member of the OWWA Executive Committee. He/She shall report directly to the OWWA Administrator for policy formulation, program development, management supervision and other assignments.

 

Moreover, the NRCO shall conduct the regular monitoring and evaluation of reintegration programs and service delivery in coordination with the Policy and Program Development Office and the Regional Operations Coordination Service (ROCS).

 

The NRCO shall provide policy recommendations as well as program development proposals with corresponding financial/resource requirements for unified reintegration programs for OWWA members and other migrant Filipino workers and families.

            The project and activity implementation shall be devolved to the OWWA Regional Welfare Offices (RWOs).

The NRCO was created and institutionalized under Section 10 of Republic Act 10022 in 2010. It aims to provide a mechanism for  returning Filipino migrant workers' reintegration into the Philippine society, serve as a promotion house for their local employment, and tap their skills and potentials for national development. ###