Welcome to the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)! We are the Program Manager of Reintegration Program under the Department Of Labor and Employment.
It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the website of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs.
The Year 2016 was indeed a busy yet productive year to us. A new bill was signed into law, “Republic Act 10801 or the OWWA Act”, further strengthening the role of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Protecting and Safeguarding our OFWs and their families. The Act stated in Section 35, that the National Reintegration Center for OFWs or the NRCO, becomes part of the OWWA as an attached office -- - highlighting the role of reintegration facilitation as early as pre-deployment and while onsite.
I bet we all have at least one person we know who spends his/her working years overseas. Have we dreamt of them going back productively and coming back home to the Philippines, enjoying whatever gains they gathered from their work overseas, together with their families?
We note that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, during one of his interviews in 2016 stated that, “our economy will improve, our country would be better in the next five years, and eventually ‘magkaroon ng kapayapaan at ang ekonomiya ay lalago at makauwi kayo (OFWs) dito’. Maybe, it is not coming immediately, it is a long shot, and we are praying to attain it…” Subsequently, President Duterte cited: “Ang pagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa, hanggang diyan na lang. Next generation, sa Pilipinas na magta-trabaho… hindi na babalik (ang ating mga OFWs), na kung babalik ay baka-bakasyon na lang.”
Not only that the government holds this vision, but also the non-government, and private sectors. The multilateral segments of our society share this concept of enhancing and concretizing the national policies, programs, activities and projects relative to socio-economic reintegration of our OFWs. However, it is also evident that we cannot simply jump into that vision without recognizing various challenges and hindrances concerning our mission.
The Philippine government does its utmost efforts to create distinct and concrete policies, programs, activities and projects concerning OFW reintegration. No agencies are perfect, but with the benefit of his venture, we create bridges that bind the gaps altogether, resulting into a stable and sustainable framework on reintegration.
This venture does not aspire of an overnight success. Perhaps, this is only one of the pieces of the puzzle that we need to interweave to come up with the brighter and clearer image of what we desired -- - a successful reintegration of Overseas Filipino Workers.
Let me go back to the question earlier: Have we dreamt of them going back productively and coming back home to the Philippines, enjoying whatever gains they gathered from their work overseas, together with their families?
Hopefully our answer is yes. I hope all of us choose to answer “YES”. As said by an American Philosopher, Diplomat and Educator Sir Nicholas Murray Butler, “Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.”
With this, I am inviting all of you to accompany us in our mission to make this dream a reality. This is not just a dream of our OFWs or their families, or of government agencies like the NRCO, OWWA, and DOLE. We share this dream. We all share this dream. Come with us, extend our best foot forward and let us contribute to become catalysts of change in this field.