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CHANGES IN R.A. 8042 AS AMMENDED BY R.A.

10022
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8042
MIGRANT WORKERS AND OVERSEAS FILIPINOS ACT OF 1995
REPUBLIC ACT No. 10022
AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8042, OTERWISE KNOWN AS TE MIGRANT
WORKERS AND OVERSEAS FILIPINOS ACT OF 1995, AS AMENDED, FURTER IMPROVING
TE STANDARD OF PROTECTION AND PROMOTION OF TE WELFARE OF MIGRANT
WORKERS, TEIR FAMILIES AND OVERSEAS FILIPINOS IN DISTRESS, AND FOR OTER
PURPOSES
SEC. 2. DECLARATION OF POLICIES--
(a) In the pursuit of an inepenent forei!n po"i#$ an %hi"e #onsierin! nationa" so&erei!nt$'
territoria" inte!rit$' nationa" interest an the ri!ht to se"f-eter(ination para(ount in its re"ations
%ith other states' the State sha""' at a"" ti(es' upho" the i!nit$ of its #iti)ens %hether in #ountr$
or o&erseas' in !enera"' an Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers' in parti#u"ar.
(e) Free a##ess to the #ourts an +uasi-,ui#ia" -oies an ae+uate "e!a" assistan#e sha"" not
-e enie to an$ persons -$ reason of po&ert$. In this re!ar' it is i(perati&e that an e.e#ti&e
(e#hanis( -e institute to ensure that the ri!hts an interest of istresse o&erseas Fi"ipinos' in
!enera"' an Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers' in parti#u"ar' o#u(ente or uno#u(ente' are
ae+uate"$ prote#te an safe!uare.
(!) The State re#o!ni)es that the u"ti(ate prote#tion to a"" (i!rant %or*ers is the possession of
s*i""s. Pursuant to this an as soon as pra#ti#a-"e' the !o&ern(ent sha"" ep"o$ an/or a""o% the
ep"o$(ent on"$ to s*i""e Fi"ipino %or*ers.
(h) Non-!o&ern(enta" or!ani)ations' u"$ re#o!ni)e as "e!iti(ate' are partners of the State in
the prote#tion of Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers an in the pro(otion of their %e"fare' the State sha""
#ooperate %ith the( in a spirit of trust an (utua" respe#t.
Se#tion 0. Para!raphs (a)' (e)' (!) an (h) of Se#tion 2 of Repu-"i# A#t. No. 1232' as a(ene'
other%ise *no%n as the 45i!rant 6or*ers an O&erseas Fi"ipinos A#t of 0778'4 is here-$
a(ene to rea as fo""o%s9
4(a) In the pursuit of an inepenent forei!n po"i#$ an %hi"e #onsierin! nationa" so&erei!nt$'
territoria" inte!rit$' nationa" interest an the ri!ht to se"f-eter(ination para(ount in its re"ations
%ith other states' the State sha""' at a"" ti(es' upho" the i!nit$ of its #iti)ens %hether in #ountr$
or o&erseas' in !enera"' an Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers' in parti#u"ar' #ontinuous"$ (onitor
internationa" #on&entions' aopt/-e si!nator$ to an ratif$ those that !uarantee prote#tion to our
(i!rant %or*ers' an enea&or to enter into -i"atera" a!ree(ents %ith #ountries hostin! o&erseas
Fi"ipino %or*ers.4
4(e) Free a##ess to the #ourts an +uasi-,ui#ia" -oies an ae+uate "e!a" assistan#e sha"" not
-e enie to an$ person -$ reason of po&ert$. In this re!ar' it is i(perati&e that an e.e#ti&e
(e#hanis( -e institute to ensure that the ri!hts an interest of istresse o&erseas Fi"ipinos' in
!enera"' an Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers' in parti#u"ar' %hether re!u"ar/o#u(ente or
irre!u"ar/uno#u(ente' are ae+uate"$ prote#te an safe!uare.4
4(!) The State re#o!ni)es that the (ost e.e#ti&e too" for e(po%er(ent is the possession of s*i""s
-$ (i!rant %or*ers. The !o&ern(ent sha"" pro&ie the( free an a##essi-"e s*i""s e&e"op(ent
an enhan#e(ent pro!ra(s. Pursuant to this an as soon as pra#ti#a-"e' the !o&ern(ent sha""
ep"o$ an/or a""o% the ep"o$(ent on"$ of s*i""e Fi"ipino %or*ers.4
4(h) The State re#o!ni)es non-!o&ern(enta" or!ani)ations' trae unions' %or*ers asso#iations'
sta*eho"ers an their si(i"ar entities u"$ re#o!ni)e as "e!iti(ate' are partners of the State in
the prote#tion of Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers an in the pro(otion of their %e"fare. The State sha""
#ooperate %ith the( in a spirit of trust an (utua" respe#t. The si!ni:#ant #ontri-ution of
re#ruit(ent an (annin! a!en#ies sha"" fro( part this partnership.4
SEC. ;. DEFINITIONS. - For purposes of this A#t9
(a) 45i!rant %or*er4 refers to a person %ho is to -e en!a!e' is en!a!e or has -een en!a!e
in a renu(erate a#ti&it$ in a state of %hi#h he or she is not a "e!a" resient to -e use
inter#han!ea-"$ %ith o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er.
Se#tion 2. Se#tion ;' para!raph (a) of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene
to rea as fo""o%s9
4(a) 4O&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er4 refers to a person %ho is to -e en!a!e' is en!a!e or has
-een en!a!e in a re(unerate a#ti&it$ in a state of %hi#h he or she is not a #iti)en or on
-oar a &esse" na&i!atin! the forei!n seas other than a !o&ern(ent ship use for (i"iatr$ or
non-#o((er#ia" purposes or on an insta""ation "o#ate o.shore or on the hi!h seas< to -e use
inter#han!ea-"$ %ith (i!rant %or*er.4
SEC. 3. Dep"o$(ent of 5i!rant 6or*ers - The State sha"" ep"o$ o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers on"$
in #ountries %here the ri!hts of Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers are prote#te. The !o&ern(ent
re#o!ni)es an$ of the fo""o%in! as !uarantee on the part of the re#ei&in! #ountr$ for the
prote#tion an the ri!hts of o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers9
(a) It has e=istin! "a-or an so#ia" "a%s prote#tin! the ri!hts of (i!rant %or*ers<
(-) It is a si!nator$ to (u"ti"atera" #on&entions' e#"aration or reso"utions re"atin! to the prote#tion
of (i!rant %or*ers<
(#) It has #on#"ue a -i"atera" a!ree(ent or arran!e(ent %ith the !o&ern(ent prote#tin! the
ri!hts of o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers< an
() It is ta*in! positi&e' #on#rete (easures to prote#t the ri!hts of (i!rant %or*ers.
Se#tion ;. Se#tion 3 of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
4SEC. 3. Dep"o$(ent of 5i!rant 6or*ers. - The State sha"" a""o% the ep"o$(ent of o&erseas
Fi"ipino %or*ers on"$ in #ountries %here the ri!hts of Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers are prote#te. The
!o&ern(ent re#o!ni)es an$ of the fo""o%in! as a !uarantee on the part of the re#ei&in! #ountr$
for the prote#tion of the ri!hts of o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers9
4(a) It has e=istin! "a-or an so#ia" "a%s prote#tin! the ri!hts of %or*ers' in#"uin! (i!rant
%or*ers<
4(-) It is a si!nator$ to an/or a rati:er of (u"ti"atera" #on&entions' e#"arations or reso"utions
re"atin! to the prote#tion of %or*ers' in#"uin! (i!rant %or*ers< an
4(#) It has #on#"ue a -i"atera" a!ree(ent or arran!e(ent %ith the !o&ern(ent on the
prote#tion of the ri!hts of o&erseas Fi"ipino 6or*ers9
Pro&ie' That the re#ei&in! #ountr$ is ta*in! positi&e' #on#rete (easures to prote#t the ri!hts of
(i!rant %or*ers in furtheran#e of an$ of the !uarantees uner su-para!raphs (a)' (-) an (#)
hereof.
4In the a-sen#e of a #"ear sho%in! that an$ of the afore(entione !uarantees e=ists in the
#ountr$ of estination of the (i!rant %or*ers' no per(it for ep"o$(ent sha"" -e issue -$ the
Phi"ippine O&erseas E(p"o$(ent A(inistration (POEA).
4The (e(-ers of the POEA >o&ernin! ?oar %ho a#tua""$ &ote in fa&or of an orer a""o%in!
the ep"o$(ent of (i!rant %or*ers %ithout an$ of the afore(entione !uarantees sha"" su.er the
pena"ties of re(o&a" or is(issa" fro( ser&i#e %ith is+ua"i:#ation to ho" an$ appointi&e pu-"i#
o@#e for :&e (8) $ears' Further' the !o&ern(ent o@#ia" or e(p"o$ee responsi-"e for the issuan#e
of the per(it or for a""o%in! the ep"o$(ent of (i!rant %or*ers in &io"ation of this se#tion an in
ire#t #ontra&ention of an orer -$ the POEA >o&ernin! ?oar prohi-itin! ep"o$(ent sha"" -e
(ete the sa(e pena"ties in this se#tion.
4For this purpose' the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs' throu!h its forei!n posts' sha"" issue a
#erti:#ation to the POEA' spe#if$in! therein the pertinent pro&isions of the re#ei&in! #ountr$As
"a-or/so#ia" "a%' or the #on&ention/e#"aration/reso"ution' or the -i"atera"
a!ree(ent/arran!e(ent %hi#h prote#t the ri!hts of (i!rant %or*ers.
4The State sha"" a"so a""o% the ep"o$(ent of o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers to &esse"s na&i!atin! the
forei!n seas or to insta""ations "o#ate o.shore or on hi!h seas %hose o%ners/e(p"o$ers are
#o(p"iant %ith internationa" "a%s an stanars that prote#t the ri!hts of (i!rant %or*ers.
4The State sha"" "i*e%ise a""o% the ep"o$(ent of o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers to #o(panies an
#ontra#tors %ith internationa" operations9 Pro&ie' That the$ are #o(p"iant %ith stanars'
#onitions an re+uire(ents' as e(-oie in the e(p"o$(ent #ontra#ts pres#ri-e -$ the POEA
an in a##oran#e %ith internationa""$-a##epte stanars.4
!SECTION 4 "#$ WAS NOT CARRIED
SEC. 8. TER5INATION OR ?AN ON DEPLOB5ENT - Not%ithstanin! the pro&isions of Se#tion
3 hereof' the !o&ern(ent' in pursuit of the nationa" interest or %hen pu-"i# %e"fare so re+uires'
(a$' at an$ ti(e' ter(inate or i(pose a -an on the ep"o$(ent of (i!rant %or*ers.
Se#tion 3. Se#tion 8 of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
4SEC. 8. Ter(ination or ?an on Dep"o$(ent. - Not%ithstanin! the pro&isions of Se#tion 3
hereof' in pursuit of the nationa" interest or %hen pu-"i# %e"fare so re+uires' the POEA
>o&ernin! ?oar' after #onsu"tation %ith the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs' (a$' at an$ ti(e'
ter(inate or i(pose a -an on the ep"o$(ent of (i!rant %or*ers.4
Se#. C. DEFINITIONS. - For purposes of this A#t' i""e!a" re#ruit(ent sha"" (ean an$ a#t of
#an&assin!' en"istin!' #ontra#tin!' transportin!' uti"i)in!' hirin!' pro#urin! %or*ers an in#"ues
referrin!' #onta#t ser&i#es' pro(isin! or a&ertisin! for e(p"o$(ent a-roa' %hether for pro:t or
Se#tion 8. Se#tion C of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
not' %hen unerta*en -$ a non-"i#ense or non-ho"er of authorit$ #onte(p"ate uner Arti#"e
0;(f) of Presientia" De#ree No. 332' as a(ene' other%ise *no%n as the La-or Coe of the
Phi"ippines. Pro&ie' that su#h non-"i#ense or non-ho"er' %ho' in an$ (anner' o.ers or
pro(ises for a fee e(p"o$(ent a-roa to t%o or (ore persons sha"" -e ee(e so en!a!e. It
sha"" "i*e%ise in#"ue the fo""o%in! a#ts' %hether #o((itte -$ an$ persons' %hether a non-
"i#ensee' non-ho"er' "i#ensee or ho"er of authorit$.
(a) To #har!e or a##ept ire#t"$ or inire#t"$ an$ a(ount !reater than the spe#i:e in the
s#heu"e of a""o%a-"e fees pres#ri-e -$ the Se#retar$ of La-or an E(p"o$(ent' or to (a*e a
%or*er pa$ an$ a(ount !reater than that a#tua""$ re#ei&e -$ hi( as a "oan or a&an#e<
(-) To furnish or pu-"ish an$ fa"se noti#e or infor(ation or o#u(ent in re"ation to re#ruit(ent or
e(p"o$(ent<
(#) To !i&e an$ fa"se noti#e' testi(on$' infor(ation or o#u(ent or #o((it an$ a#t of
(isrepresentation for the purpose of se#urin! a "i#ense or authorit$ uner the La-or Coe<
() To inu#e or atte(pt to inu#e a %or*er a"rea$ e(p"o$e to +uit his e(p"o$(ent in orer
to o.er hi( another un"ess the transfer is esi!ne to "i-erate a %or*er fro( oppressi&e ter(s
an #onitions of e(p"o$(ent<
(e) To inDuen#e or atte(pt to inDuen#e an$ persons or entit$ not to e(p"o$ an$ %or*er %ho has
not app"ie for e(p"o$(ent throu!h his a!en#$<
(f) To en!a!e in the re#ruit(ent of p"a#e(ent of %or*ers in ,o-s har(fu" to pu-"i# hea"th or
(ora"it$ or to i!nit$ of the Repu-"i# of the Phi"ippines<
(!) To o-stru#t or atte(pt to o-stru#t inspe#tion -$ the Se#retar$ of La-or an E(p"o$(ent or
-$ his u"$ authori)e representati&e<
(h) To fai" to su-(it reports on the status of e(p"o$(ent' p"a#e(ent &a#an#ies' re(ittan#es of
forei!n e=#han!e earnin!s' separations fro( ,o-s' epartures an su#h other (atters or
infor(ation as (a$ -e re+uire -$ the Se#retar$ of La-or an E(p"o$(ent<
(i) To su-stitute or a"ter to the pre,ui#e of the %or*er' e(p"o$(ent #ontra#ts appro&e an
4SEC. C. De:nition. - For purposes of this A#t' i""e!a" re#ruit(ent sha"" (ean an$ a#t of
#an&assin!' en"istin!' #ontra#tin!' transportin!' uti"i)in!' hirin!' or pro#urin! %or*ers an in#"ues
referrin!' #ontra#t ser&i#es' pro(isin! or a&ertisin! for e(p"o$(ent a-roa' %hether for pro:t
or not' %hen unerta*en -$ non-"i#ensee or non-ho"er of authorit$ #onte(p"ate uner Arti#"e
0;(f) of Presientia" De#ree No. 332' as a(ene' other%ise *no%n as the La-or Coe of the
Phi"ippines9 Pro&ie' That an$ su#h non-"i#ensee or non-ho"er %ho' in an$ (anner' o.ers or
pro(ises for a fee e(p"o$(ent a-roa to t%o or (ore persons sha"" -e ee(e so en!a!e. It
sha"" "i*e%ise in#"ue the fo""o%in! a#ts' %hether #o((itte -$ an$ person' %hether a non-
"i#ensee' non-ho"er' "i#ensee or ho"er of authorit$9
4(a) To #har!e or a##ept ire#t"$ or inire#t"$ an$ a(ount !reater than that spe#i:e in the
s#heu"e of a""o%a-"e fees pres#ri-e -$ the Se#retar$ of La-or an E(p"o$(ent' or to (a*e a
%or*er pa$ or a#*no%"e!e an$ a(ount !reater than that a#tua""$ re#ei&e -$ hi( as a "oan or
a&an#e<
4(-) To furnish or pu-"ish an$ fa"se noti#e or infor(ation or o#u(ent in re"ation to re#ruit(ent or
e(p"o$(ent<
4(#) To !i&e an$ fa"se noti#e' testi(on$' infor(ation or o#u(ent or #o((it an$ a#t of
(isrepresentation for the purpose of se#urin! a "i#ense or authorit$ uner the La-or Coe' or
for the purpose of o#u(entin! hire %or*ers %ith the POEA' %hi#h in#"ue the a#t of
repro#essin! %or*ers throu!h a ,o- orer that pertains to none=istent %or*' %or* i.erent fro(
the a#tua" o&erseas %or*' or %or* %ith a i.erent e(p"o$er %hether re!istere or not %ith the
POEA<
4() To in#"ue or atte(pt to inu#e a %or*er a"rea$ e(p"o$e to +uit his e(p"o$(ent in orer
to o.er hi( another un"ess the transfer is esi!ne to "i-erate a %or*er fro( oppressi&e ter(s
an #onitions of e(p"o$(ent<
4(e) To inDuen#e or atte(pt to inDuen#e an$ person or entit$ not to e(p"o$ an$ %or*er %ho has
not app"ie for e(p"o$(ent throu!h his a!en#$ or %ho has for(e' ,oine or supporte' or has
#onta#te or is supporte -$ an$ union or %or*ersA or!ani)ation<
4(f) To en!a!e in the re#ruit(ent or p"a#e(ent of %or*ers in ,o-s har(fu" to pu-"i# hea"th or
(ora"it$ or to the i!nit$ of the Repu-"i# of the Phi"ippines<
&eri:e -$ the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent fro( the ti(e of a#tua" si!nin! thereof -$
the parties up to an in#"uin! the perio of the e=piration of the sa(e %ithout the appro&a" of
the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent<
(,) For an o@#er or a!ent of a re#ruit(ent or p"a#e(ent a!en#$ to -e#o(e an o@#er or
(e(-er of the ?oar of an$ #orporation en!a!e in tra&e" a!en#$ or to -e en!a!e ire#t"$ on
inire#t"$ in the (ana!e(ent of a tra&e" a!en#$<
(*) To %ithho" or en$ tra&e" o#u(ents fro( app"i#ant %or*ers -efore eparture for (onetar$
or :nan#ia" #onsierations other than those authori)e uner the La-or Coe an its
i(p"e(entin! ru"es an re!u"ations<
(") Fai"ure to a#tua""$ ep"o$ %ithout &a"i reasons as eter(ine -$ the Depart(ent of La-or an
E(p"o$(ent< an
(() Fai"ure to rei(-urse e=penses in#urre -$ the %or*ers in #onne#tion %ith his o#u(entation
an pro#essin! for purposes of ep"o$(ent' in #ases %here the ep"o$(ent oes not a#tua""$
ta*e p"a#e %ithout the %or*erAs fau"t. I""e!a" re#ruit(ent %hen #o((itte -$ a s$ni#ate or in
"ar!e s#a"e sha"" -e #onsiere as o.ense in&o"&in! e#ono(i# sa-ota!e.
I""e!a" re#ruit(ent is ee(e #o((itte -$ a s$ni#ate #arrie out -$ a !roup of three (;) or
(ore persons #onspirin! or #onfeeratin! %ith one another. It is ee(e #o((itte in "ar!e
s#a"e if #o((itte a!ainst three (;) or (ore persons ini&iua""$ or as a !roup.
The persons #ri(ina""$ "ia-"e for the a-o&e o.enses are the prin#ipa"s' a##o(p"i#es an
a##essories. In #ase of ,urii#a" persons' the o@#ers ha&in! #ontro"' (ana!e(ent or ire#tion of
their -usiness sha"" -e "ia-"e.
4(h) To fai" to su-(it reports on the status of e(p"o$(ent' p"a#e(ent &a#an#ies' re(ittan#e of
forei!n e=#han!e earnin!s' separation fro( ,o-s' epartures an su#h other (atters or
infor(ation as (a$ -e re+uire -$ the Se#retar$ of La-or an E(p"o$(ent<
4(i) To su-stitute or a"ter to the pre,uIi#e an &eri:e -$ the Depart(ent of La-or an
E(p"o$(ent fro( the ti(e of a#tua" si!nin! thereof -$ the parties up to an in#"uin! the perio
of the e=piration of the sa(e %ithout the appro&a" of the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent<
4(,) For an o@#er or a!ent of a re#ruit(ent or p"a#e(ent a!en#$ to -e#o(e an o@#er or
(e(-er of the ?oar of an$ #orporation en!a!e in tra&e" a!en#$ or to -e en!a!e ire#t"$ or
inire#t"$ in the (ana!e(ent of tra&e" a!en#$<
4(*) To %ithho" or en$ tra&e" o#u(ents fro( app"i#ant %or*ers -efore eparture for (onetar$
or :nan#ia" #onsierations' or for an$ other reasons' other than those authori)e uner the La-or
Coe an its i(p"e(entin! ru"es an re!u"ations<
4(") Fai"ure to a#tua""$ ep"o$ a #ontra#te %or*er %ithout &a"i reason as eter(ine -$ the
Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent<
4(() Fai"ure to rei(-urse e=penses in#urre -$ the %or*er in #onne#tion %ith his o#u(entation
an pro#essin! for purposes of ep"o$(ent' in #ases %here the ep"o$(ent oes not a#tua""$
ta*e p"a#e %ithout the %or*erAs fau"t. I""e!a" re#ruit(ent %hen #o((itte -$ a s$ni#ate or in
"ar!e s#a"e sha"" -e #onsiere an o.ense in&o"&in! e#ono(i# sa-ota!e< an
4(n) To a""o% a non-Fi"ipino #iti)en to hea or (ana!e a "i#ense re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$.
4I""e!a" re#ruit(ent is ee(e #o((itte -$ a s$ni#ate if #arrie out -$ a !roup of three (;) or
(ore persons #onspirin! or #onfeeratin! %ith one another. It is ee(e #o((itte in "ar!e
s#a"e if #o((itte a!ainst three (;) or (ore persons ini&iua""$ or as a !roup.
4In aition to the a#ts enu(erate a-o&e' it sha"" a"so -e un"a%fu" for an$ person or entit$ to
#o((it the fo""o%in! prohi-ite a#ts9
4(0) >rant a "oan to an o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er %ith interest e=#eein! ei!ht per#ent (1E) per
annu(' %hi#h %i"" -e use for pa$(ent of "e!a" an a""o%a-"e p"a#e(ent fees an (a*e the
(i!rant %or*er issue' either persona""$ or throu!h a !uarantor or a##o((oation part$'
postate #he#*s in re"ation to the sai "oan<
4(2) I(pose a #o(pu"sor$ an e=#"usi&e arran!e(ent %here-$ an o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er is
re+uire to a&ai" of a "oan on"$ fro( spe#i:#a""$ esi!nate institutions' entities or persons<
4(;) Refuse to #onone or rene!otiate a "oan in#urre -$ an o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er after the
"atterAs e(p"o$(ent #ontra#t has -een pre(ature"$ ter(inate throu!h no fau"t of his or her o%n<
4(3) I(pose a #o(pu"sor$ an e=#"usi&e arran!e(ent %here-$ an o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er is
re+uire to uner!o hea"th e=a(inations on"$ fro( spe#i:#a""$ esi!nate (ei#a" #"ini#s'
institutions' entities or persons' e=#ept in the #ase of a seafarer %hose (ei#a" e=a(ination #ost
is shou"ere -$ the prin#ipa"/shipo%ner<
4(8) I(pose a #o(pu"sor$ an e=#"usi&e arran!e(ent %here-$ an o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er is
re+uire to uner!o trainin!' se(inar' instru#tion or s#hoo"in! of an$ *in on"$ fro( spe#i:#a""$
esi!nate institutions' entities or persons' e=#ept fpr re#o((enator$ trainin!s (anate -$
prin#ipa"s/shipo%ners %here the "atter shou"er the #ost of su#h trainin!s<
4(C) For a suspene re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ to en!a!e in an$ *in of re#ruit(ent a#ti&it$
in#"uin! the pro#essin! of penin! %or*ersA app"i#ations< an
4(F) For a re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ or a forei!n prin#ipa"/e(p"o$er to pass on the o&erseas
Fi"ipino %or*er or eu#t fro( his or her sa"ar$ the pa$(ent of the #ost of insuran#e fees'
pre(iu( or other insuran#e re"ate #har!es' as pro&ie uner the #o(pu"sor$ %or*erAs
insuran#e #o&era!e.
4The persons #ri(ina""$ "ia-"e for the a-o&e o.enses are the prin#ipa"s' a##o(p"i#es an
a##essories. In #ase of ,urii#a" persons' the o@#ers ha&in! o%nership' #ontro"' (ana!e(ent or
ire#tion of their -usiness %ho are responsi-"e for the #o((ission of the o.ense an the
responsi-"e e(p"o$ees/a!ents thereof sha"" -e "ia-"e.
4In the :"in! of #ases for i""e!a" re#ruit(ent or an$ of the prohi-ite a#ts uner this se#tion' the
Se#retar$ of La-or an E(p"o$(ent' the POEA A(inistrator or their u"$ authori)e
representati&es' or an$ a!!rie&e person (a$ initiate the #orresponin! #ri(ina" a#tion %ith the
appropriate o@#e. For this purpose' the a@a&its an testi(onies of operati&es or personne"
fro( the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent' POEA an other "a% enfor#e(ent a!en#ies %ho
%itnesse the a#ts #onstitutin! the o.ense sha"" -e su@#ient to prose#ute the a##use.
4In the prose#ution of o.enses punisha-"e uner this se#tion' the pu-"i# prose#utors of the
Depart(ent of Gusti#e sha"" #o""a-orate %ith the anti-i""e!a" re#ruit(ent -ran#h of the POEA an'
in #ertain #ases' a""o% the POEA "a%$ers to ta*e the "ea in the prose#ution. The POEA "a%$ers
%ho a#t as prose#utors in su#h #ases sha"" -e entit"e to re#ei&e aitiona" a""o%an#es as (a$
-e eter(ine -$ the POEA A(inistrator.
4The :"in! of an o.ense punisha-"e uner this A#t sha"" -e %ithout pre,ui#e to the :"in! of #ases
punisha-"e uner other e=istin! "a%s' ru"es or re!u"ations.4
SEC. F. PENALTIES -
(a) An$ person foun !ui"t$ of i""e!a" re#ruit(ent sha"" su.er the pena"t$ of i(prison(ent of not
"ess than si= (C) $ears an one (0) a$ -ut not (ore than t%e"&e (02) $ears an a :ne not "ess
than t%o hunre thousan pesos (P222'222.22) nor (ore than :&e hunre thousan pesos
(P822'222.22).
(-) The pena"t$ of "ife i(prison(ent an a :ne of not "ess than :&e hunre thousan pesos
(P822'222.22) nor (ore than one (i""ion pesos (P0'222'222.22) sha"" -e i(pose if i""e!a"
re#ruit(ent #onstitutes e#ono(i# sa-ota!e as e:ne herein.
Pro&ie' ho%e&er' that the (a=i(u( pena"t$ sha"" -e i(pose if the person i""e!a""$ re#ruite is
"ess than ei!hteen (01) $ears of a!e or #o((itte -$ a non-"i#ensee or non-ho"er of authorit$.
Se#tion C. Se#tion F of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
4SEC. F. Pena"ties. -
4(a) An$ person foun !ui"t$ of i""e!a" re#ruit(ent sha"" su.er the pena"t$ of i(prison(ent of not
"ess than t%e"&e (02) $ears an one (0) a$ -ut not (ore than t%ent$ (22) $ears an a :ne of not
"ess than One (i""ion pesos (P0'222'222.22) nor (ore than T%o (i""ion pesos (P2'222'222.22).
4(-) The pena"t$ of "ife i(prison(ent an a :ne of not "ess than T%o (i""ion pesos
(P2'222'222.22) nor (ore than Fi&e (i""ion pesos (P8'222'222.22) sha"" -e i(pose if i""e!a"
re#ruit(ent #onstitutes e#ono(i# sa-ota!e as e:ne therein.
4Pro&ie' ho%e&er' That the (a=i(u( pena"t$ sha"" -e i(pose if the person i""e!a""$ re#ruite
is "ess than ei!hteen (01) $ears of a!e or #o((itte -$ a non-"i#ensee or non-ho"er of
authorit$.
4(#) An$ person foun !ui"t$ of an$ of the prohi-ite a#ts sha"" su.er the pena"t$ of i(prison(ent
of not "ess than si= (C) $ears an one (0) a$ -ut not (ore than t%e"&e (02) $ears an a :ne of
not "ess than Fi&e hunre thousan pesos (P822'222.22) nor (ore than One (i""ion pesos
(P0'222'222.22).
4If the o.ener is an a"ien' he or she sha""' in aition to the pena"ties herein pres#ri-e' -e
eporte %ithout further pro#eein!s.
4In e&er$ #ase' #on&i#tion sha"" #ause an #arr$ the auto(ati# re&o#ation of the "i#ense or
re!istration of the re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$' "enin! institutions' trainin! s#hoo" or (ei#a"
#"ini#.4
SEC. 02. 5ONEB CLAI5S. - ?ot%ithstanin! an$ pro&ision of "a% to the #ontrar$' the La-or
Ar-iters of the Nationa" La-or Re"ations Co((ission (NLRC) sha"" ha&e the ori!ina" an e=#"usi&e
,urisi#tion to hear an e#ie' %ithin ninet$ (72) #a"enar a$s after :"in! of the #o(p"aint' the
#"ai(s arisin! out of an e(p"o$er-e(p"o$ee re"ationship or -$ &irtue of an$ "a% or #ontra#t
in&o"&in! Fi"ipino %or*ers for o&erseas ep"o$(ent in#"uin! #"ai(s for a#tua"' (ora"' e=e(p"ar$
an other for(s of a(a!es.
The "ia-i"it$ of the prin#ipa"/e(p"o$er an the re#ruit(ent/p"a#e(ent a!en#$ for an$
an a"" #"ai(s uner this se#tion sha"" -e ,oint an se&era". This pro&isions sha"" -e in#orporate
in the #ontra#t for o&erseas e(p"o$(ent an sha"" -e a #onition pre#eent for its appro&a". The
perfor(an#e -on to -e :"e -$ the re#ruit(ent/p"a#e(ent a!en#$' as pro&ie -$ "a%' sha""
-e ans%era-"e for a"" (one$ #"ai(s or a(a!es that (a$ -e a%are to the %or*ers. If the
re#ruit(ent/p"a#e(ent a!en#$ is a ,urii#a" -ein!' the #orporate o@#ers an ire#tors an
partners as the #ase (a$ -e' sha"" the(se"&es -e ,oint"$ an so"iari"$ "ia-"e %ith the #orporation
or partnership for the aforesai #"ai(s an a(a!es.
Su#h "ia-i"ities sha"" #ontinue urin! the entire perio or uration of the e(p"o$(ent
#ontra#t an sha"" not -e a.e#te -$ an$ su-stitution' a(en(ent or (oi:#ation (ae "o#a""$
or in a forei!n #ountr$ of the sai #ontra#t.
An$ #o(pro(ise/a(i#a-"e sett"e(ent or &o"untar$ a!ree(ent on (one$ #"ai(s
in#"usi&e of a(a!es uner this se#tion sha"" -e pai %ithin four (3) (onths fro( the appro&a" of
the sett"e(ent -$ the appropriate authorit$.
In #ase of ter(ination of o&erseas e(p"o$(ent %ithout ,ust' &a"i or authori)e
#ause as e:ne -$ "a% or #ontra#t' the %or*ers sha"" -e entit"e to the fu"" rei(-urse(ent of
his p"a#e(ent fee %ith interest of t%e"&e per#ent (02E) per annu(' p"us his sa"aries for the
une=pire portion of his e(p"o$(ent #ontra#t or for three (;) (onths for e&er$ $ear of the
Se#tion F. Se#tion 02 of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
4SEC. 02. 5one$ C"ai(s. - Not%ithstanin! an$ pro&ision of "a% to the #ontrar$' the La-or
Ar-iters of the Nationa" La-or Re"ations Co((ission (NLRC) sha"" ha&e the ori!ina" an e=#"usi&e
,urisi#tion to hear an e#ie' %ithin ninet$ (72) #a"enar a$s after the :"in! of the #o(p"aint'
the #"ai(s arisin! out of an e(p"o$er-e(p"o$ee re"ationship or -$ &irtue of an$ "a% or #ontra#t
in&o"&in! Fi"ipino %or*ers for o&erseas ep"o$(ent in#"uin! #"ai(s for a#tua"' (ora"' e=e(p"ar$
an other for(s of a(a!e. Consistent %ith this (anate' the NLRC sha"" enea&or to upate
an *eep a-reast %ith the e&e"op(ents in the !"o-a" ser&i#es inustr$.
4The "ia-i"it$ of the prin#ipa"/e(p"o$er an the re#ruit(ent/p"a#e(ent a!en#$ for an$ an a""
#"ai(s uner this se#tion sha"" -e ,oint an se&era". This pro&ision sha"" -e in#orporate in the
#ontra#t for o&erseas e(p"o$(ent an sha"" -e a #onition pre#eent for its appro&a". The
perfor(an#e -on to e :"e -$ the re#ruit(ent/p"a#e(ent a!en#$' as pro&ie -$ "a%' sha""
-e ans%era-"e for a"" (one$ #"ai(s or a(a!es that (a$ -e a%are to the %or*ers. If the
re#ruit(ent/p"a#e(ent a!en#$ is a ,urii#a" -ein!' the #orporate o@#ers an ire#tors an
partners as the #ase (a$ -e' sha"" the(se"&es -e ,oint"$ an so"iari"$ "ia-"e %ith the #orporation
or partnership for the aforesai #"ai(s an a(a!es.
4Su#h "ia-i"ities sha"" #ontinue urin! the entire perio or uration of the e(p"o$(ent #ontra#t
an sha"" not -e a.e#te -$ an$ su-stitution' a(en(ent or (oi:#ation (ae "o#a""$ or in a
forei!n #ountr$ of the sai #ontra#t.
4An$ #o(pro(ise/a(i#a-"e sett"e(ent or &o"untar$ a!ree(ent on (one$ #"ai(s in#"usi&e of
a(a!es uner this se#tion sha"" -e pai %ithin thirt$ (;2) a$s fro( appro&a" of the sett"e(ent
-$ the appropriate authorit$.
une=pire ter(' %hi#he&er is "ess.
Non-#o(p"ian#e %ith the (anator$ perios for reso"utions of #ases pro&ie
uner this se#tion sha"" su-,e#t the responsi-"e o@#ia"s to an$ or a"" of the fo""o%in! pena"ties9
(a) The sa"ar$ of an$ su#h o@#ia" %ho fai"s to rener his e#ision or reso"utions
%ithin the pres#ri-e perio sha"" -e' or #ause to -e' %ithhe" unti" the sai o@#ia" #o(p"ies
there%ith<
(-) Suspension for not (ore than ninet$ (72) a$s< or
(#) Dis(issa" fro( the ser&i#e %ith is+ua"i:#ations to ho" an$ appointi&e pu-"i#
o@#e for :&e (8) $ears.
Pro&ie' ho%e&er' that the pena"ties herein pro&ie sha"" -e %ithout pre,ui#e to
an$ "ia-i"it$ %hi#h an$ su#h o@#ia" (a$ ha&e in#urre uner other e=istin! "a%s or ru"es an
re!u"ations as a #onse+uen#e of &io"atin! the pro&isions of this para!raph.
4In #ase of ter(ination of o&erseas e(p"o$(ent %ithout ,ust' &a"i or authori)e #ause as e:ne
-$ "a% or #ontra#t' or an$ unauthori)e eu#tions fro( the (i!rant %or*erAs sa"ar$' the %or*er
sha"" -e entit"e to the fu"" rei(-urse(ent if his p"a#e(ent fee an the eu#tions (ae %ith
interest at t%e"&e per#ent (02E) per annu(' p"us his sa"aries for the une=pire portion of his
e(p"o$(ent #ontra#t or for three (;) (onths for e&er$ $ear of the une=pire ter(' %hi#he&er is
"ess.
4In #ase of a :na" an e=e#utor$ ,u!e(ent a!ainst a forei!n e(p"o$er/prin#ipa"' it sha"" -e
auto(ati#a""$ is+ua"i:e' %ithout further pro#eein!s' fro( parti#ipatin! in the Phi"ippine
O&erseas E(p"o$(ent Pro!ra( an fro( re#ruitin! an hirin! Fi"ipino %or*ers unti" an un"ess it
fu""$ satis:es the ,u!e(ent a%ar.
4Non#o(p"ian#e %ith the (anator$ perios for reso"utions of #ase pro&ie uner this se#tion
sha"" su-,e#t the responsi-"e o@#ia"s to an$ or a"" of the fo""o%in! pena"ties9
4(a) The sa"ar$ of an$ su#h o@#ia" %ho fai"s to rener his e#ision or reso"ution %ithin the
pres#ri-e perio sha"" -e' or #ause to -e' %ithhe" unti" the sai o@#ia" #o(p"ies there%ith<
4(-) Suspension for not (ore than ninet$ (72) a$s< or
4(#) Dis(issa" fro( the ser&i#e %ith is+ua"i:#ation to ho" an$ appointi&e pu-"i# o@#e for :&e (8)
$ears.
4Pro&ie' ho%e&er' That the pena"ties herein pro&ie sha"" -e %ithout pre,ui#e to an$ "ia-i"it$
%hi#h an$ su#h o@#ia" (a$ ha&e in#ure uner other e=istin! "a%s or ru"es an re!u"ations as a
#onse+uen#e of &io"atin! the pro&isions of this para!raph.4
SEC. 0;. FREE LE>AL ASSISTANCE' PREFERENTIAL ENTITLE5ENT HNDER TIE 6ITNESS
PROTECTION PRO>RA5. - A (e#hanis( for free "e!a" assistan#e for &i#ti(s of i""e!a"
re#ruit(ent sha"" -e esta-"ishe %ithin the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent in#"uin! its
re!iona" o@#es. Su#h (e#hanis( (ust in#"ue #oorination an #ooperation %ith the
Depart(ent of Gusti#e' the Inte!rate ?ar of the Phi"ippines' an other non-!o&ern(enta"
or!ani)ations an &o"unteer !roups.
The pro&isions of Repu-"i# A#t No. C710 to the #ontrar$' not%ithstanin!' an$
person %ho is a &i#ti( of i""e!a" re#ruit(ent sha"" -e entit"e to the 6itness Prote#tion Pro!ra(
Se#tion 1. The :rst para!raph of Se#tion 0; of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene is here-$
a(ene to rea as fo""o%s9
4SEC. 0;. Free Le!a" Assistan#e< Preferentia" Entit"e(ent Hner the 6itness Prote#tion Pro!ra(.
- A (e#hanis( for free "e!a" assistan#e for &i#ti(s of i""e!a" re#ruit(ent sha"" -e esta-"ishe in
the anti-i""e!a" re#ruit(ent -ran#h of the POEA in#"uin! its re!iona" o@#es. Su#h (e#hanis(
sha"" in#"ue #oorination an #ooperation %ith the Depart(ent of Gusti#e' the Inte!rate ?ar of
the Phi"ippines' an other non-!o&ern(enta" or!ani)ations an &o"unteer !roups.4
pro&ie thereuner.
SEC. 0C. 5ANDATORB REPATRIATION OF HNDERA>E 5I>RANT 6ORJERS. - Hpon is#o&er$
or -ein! infor(e of the presen#e of (i!rant %or*ers %hose a#tua" a!es fa"" -e"o% the
(ini(u( a!e re+uire(ent for o&erseas ep"o$(ent' the responsi-"e o@#ers in the forei!n
ser&i#e sha"" %ithout e"a$ repatriate sai %or*ers an a&ise the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs
throu!h the fastest (eans of #o((uni#ation a&ai"a&"e of su#h is#o&er$ an other re"e&ant
infor(ation.
Se#tion 7. Se#tion 0C of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
4SEC. 0C. 5anator$ Repatriation of Hnera!e 5i!rant 6or*ers. - Hpon is#o&er$ or -ein!
infor(e of the presen#e of (i!rant %or*ers %hose a!es fa"" -e"o% the (ini(u( a!e
re+uire(ent for o&erseas ep"o$(ent' the responsi-"e o@#ers in the forei!n ser&i#e sha"" %ithout
e"a$ repatriate sai %or*ers an a&ise the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs throu!h the fastest
(eans of #o((uni#ation a&ai"a-"e of su#h is#o&er$ an other re"e&ant infor(ation. The "i#ense
of a re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ %hi#h re#ruite or ep"o$e an unera!e (i!rant %or*er sha""
-e auto(ati#a""$ re&o*e an sha"" -e i(pose a :ne of not "ess than Fi&e hunre thousan
pesos (Php 822'222.22) -ut not (ore than One (i""ion pesos (Php 0'222'222.22). A"" fees
pertinent to the pro#essin! of papers or o#u(ents in the re#ruit(ent or ep"o$(ent sha"" -e
refune in fu"" -$ the responsi-"e re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$' %ithout nee of noti#e' to the
unera!e (i!rant %or*er or to his parents or !uarian. The refun sha"" -e inepenent of an
in aition to the ine(ni:#ation for the a(a!es sustaine -$ the unera!e (i!rant %or*er. The
refun sha"" -e pai %ithin thirt$ (;2) a$s fro( the ate of the (anator$ repatriation as
pro&ie for in this A#t.4
SEC. 0F. ESTA?LISI5ENT OF RE-PLACE5ENT AND 5ONITORIN> CENTER. - A rep"a#e(ent
an (onitorin! #enter is here-$ #reate in the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent for
returnin! Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers %hi#h sha"" pro&ie a (e#hanis( for their reinte!ration into the
Phi"ippine so#iet$' ser&e as a pro(otion house for their "o#a" e(p"o$(ent' an tap their s*i""s an
potentia"s for nationa" e&e"op(ent.
The Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent' the O&erseas 6or*ers 6e"fare
A(inistration' an the Phi"ippine O&erseas E(p"o$(ent A(inistration sha""' %ithin ninet$ (72)
a$s fro( the e.e#ti&it$ of this A#t' for(u"ate a pro!ra( that %ou" (oti&ate (i!rant %or*ers to
p"an for prou#ti&e options su#h as entr$ into hi!h"$ te#hni#a" ,o-s or unerta*in!s' "i&e"ihoo
an entrepreneuria" e&e"op(ent' -etter %a!e e(p"o$(ent' an in&est(ent of sa&in!s.
For this purpose' the Te#hni#a" Eu#ation an S*i""s De&e"op(ent Authorit$ (TESDA)'
the Te#hno"o!$ Li&e"ihoo Resour#e Center (TLRC)' an other !o&ern(ent a!en#ies in&o"&e in
trainin! an "i&e"ihoo e&e"op(ent sha"" !i&e priorit$ to return %ho ha -een e(p"o$e as
o(esti# he"pers an entertainers.
Se#tion 02. Se#tion 0F of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
4SEC. 0F. Esta-"ish(ent of Nationa" Reinte!ration Center for O&erseas Fi"ipino 6or*ers. -A
nationa" reinte!ration #enter for o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers (NRCO) is here-$ #reate in the
Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent for returnin! Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers %hi#h sha"" pro&ie
a (e#hanis( for their reinte!ration into the Phi"ippine so#iet$' ser&e as a pro(otion house for
their "o#a" e(p"o$(ent' an tap their s*i""s an potentia"s for nationa" e&e"op(ent.
4The Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent' the O&erseas 6or*ers 6e"fare A(inistration
(O66A)' an the Phi"ippine O&erseas E(p"o$(ent A(inistration (POEA) sha""' %ithin ninet$ (72)
a$s fro( the e.e#ti&it$ of this A#t' for(u"ate a pro!ra( that %ou" (oti&ate (i!rant %or*ers to
p"an for prou#ti&e options su#h as entr$ into hi!h"$ te#hni#a" ,o-s or unerta*in!s' "i&e"ihoo
an entrepreneuria" e&e"op(ent' -etter %a!e e(p"o$(ent' an in&est(ent of sa&in!s.
4For this purpose' the Te#hni#a" Eu#ation an S*i""s De&e"op(ent Authorit$ (TESDA)' the
Te#hno"o!$ Li&e"ihoo Resour#e Center (TLRC)' an other !o&ern(ent a!en#ies in&o"&e in
trainin! an "i&e"ihoo e&e"op(ent sha"" !i&e priorit$ to returnees %ho ha -een e(p"o$e as
o(esti# he"pers an entertainers.4
SEC. 01. FHNCTIONS OF TIE RE-PLACE5ENT AND 5ONITORIN> CENTER. - The #enter
sha"" pro&ie the fo""o%in! ser&i#e9
(a) De&e"op "i&e"ihoo pro!ra(s an pro,e#ts for returnin! Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers
in #oorination %ith the pri&ate se#tor<
(-) Coorinate %ith appropriate pri&ate an !o&ern(ent a!en#ies the pro(otion'
e&e"op(ent' re-p"a#e(ent an the fu"" uti"i)ation of their potentia"s<
(#) Institute in #ooperation %ith other !o&ern(ent a!en#ies #on#erne' a #o(puter-
-ase infor(ation s$ste( on s*i""e Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers %hi#h sha"" -e a##essi-"e to a"" "o#a"
re#ruit(ent a!en#ies an e(p"o$ers' -oth pu-"i# an pri&ate<
() Pro&ie a perioi# stu$ an assess(ent of ,o- opportunities for returnin!
Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers.
Se#tion 00. Se#tion 01 of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
4SEC. 01. Fun#tions of the Nationa" Reinte!ration Center for O&erseas Fi"ipino 6or*ers. -The
Center sha"" pro&ie the fo""o%in! ser&i#es9
4(a) De&e"op an support pro!ra(s an pro,e#ts for "i&e"ihoo' entrepreneurship' sa&in!s'
in&est(ents an :nan#ia" "itera#$ for returnin! Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers an their fa(i"ies in
#oorination %ith re"e&ant sta*eho"ers' ser&i#e pro&iers an internationa" or!ani)ations<
4(-) Coorinate %ith appropriate sta*eho"ers' ser&i#e pro&iers an re"e&ant internationa"
or!ani)ations for the pro(otion' e&e"op(ent an the fu"" uti"i)ation of o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er
returnees an their potentia"s<
4(#) Institute' in #ooperation %ith other !o&ern(ent a!en#ies #on#erne' a #o(puter--ase
infor(ation s$ste( on returnin! Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers sha"" -e a##essi-"e to a"" "o#a"
re#ruit(ent a!en#ies an e(p"o$ers' -oth pu-"i# an pri&ate<
4() Pro&e a perioi# stu$ an assess(ent of ,o- opportunities for returnin! Fi"ipino (i!rant
%or*ers<
4(e) De&e"op an i(p"e(ent other appropriate pro!ra(s to pro(ote the %e"fare of returnin!
Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers<
4(f) 5aintain an internet--ase #o((uni#ation s$ste( for on-"ine re!istration an intera#tion %ith
#"ients' an (aintain an up!rae #o(puter--ase ser&i#e #apa-i"ities of the NRCO<
4(!) De&e"op #apa#it$--ui"in! pro!ra(s for returnin! o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers an their fa(i"ies'
i(p"e(enters' ser&i#e pro&iers' an sta*eho"ers< an
4(h) Conu#t resear#h for po"i#$ re#o((enations an pro!ra( e&e"op(ent.4
SEC. 07. ESTA?LISI5ENT OF A 5I>RANT 6ORJERS AND OTIER OKERSEAS FILIPINOS
RESOHRCE CENTER. - 6ithin the pre(ises an uner the a(inistrati&e ,urisi#tion of the
Phi"ippine E(-ass$ in #ountries %here there are "ar!e #on#entrations of Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers'
there sha"" -e esta-"ish a 5i!rant 6or*ers an Other O&erseas Fi"ipinos Resour#e Center %ith
the fo""o%in! ser&i#es9
(a) Counse"in! an "e!a" ser&i#es<
(-) 6e"fare assistan#e in#"uin! the pro#ure(ent of (ei#a" an hospita"i)ation
ser&i#es<
(#) Infor(ation' a&isor$ an pro!ra(s to pro(ote so#ia" inte!ration su#h as post-
arri&a" orientation' sett"e(ent an #o((unit$ net%or*in! ser&i#es for so#ia" inte!ration<
() Institute a s#he(e of re!istration of uno#u(ente %or*ers to -rin! the( %ithin
the pur&ie% of this A#t. For this purpose' the Center is en,oine to #o(pe" e=istin!
uno#u(ente %or*ers to re!ister %ith it %ithin si= (C) (onths fro( the e.e#ti&it$ of this A#t'
uner pain of ha&in! his/her passport #an#e""e<
(e) Iu(an resour#e e&e"op(ent' su#h as trainin! an s*i""s up!rain!<
(f) >ener sensiti&e pro!ra(s an a#ti&ities to assist parti#u"ar nees of %o(en
(i!rant %or*ers<
(!) Orientation pro!ra( for returnin! %or*ers an other (i!rants< an
(h) 5onitorin! of ai"$ situations' #ir#u(stan#es an a#ti&ities a.e#tin! (i!rant
%or*ers an other o&erseas Fi"ipinos.
The esta-"ish(ent an operations of the Center sha"" -e a ,oint unerta*in! of the
&arious !o&ern(ent a!en#ies. The Center sha"" -e open for t%ent$-four (23) hours ai"$'
in#"uin! Satura$s' Suna$s an ho"ia$s' an sha"" -e sta.e -$ Forei!n Ser&i#e personne"'
ser&i#e atta#hes or o@#ers %ho represent other or!ani)ations fro( the host #ountries. In
#ountries #ate!ori)e as hi!h"$ pro-"e(ati# -$ the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs an the
Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent an %here there is a #on#entration of Fi"ipino (i!rant
Se#tion 02. The se#on para!raph of Se#tion 07 of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is
here-$ a(ene to rea as fo""o%s9
4The esta-"ish(ent an operations of the Center sha"" -e a ,oint unerta*in! of the &arious
!o&ern(ent a!en#ies. The Center sha"" -e open for t%ent$-four (23) hours ai"$ in#"uin!
Satura$s' Suna$s an ho"ia$s' an sha"" -e sta.e -$ Forei!n Ser&i#e personne"' ser&i#e
atta#hes or o@#ers %ho represent other Phi"ippine !o&ern(ent a!en#ies a-roa an' if
a&ai"a-"e' ini&iua" &o"unteers an -ona :e non-!o&ern(ent or!ani)ations fro( the host
#ountries. In #ountries #ate!ori)e as hi!h"$ pro-"e(ati# -$ the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs
an the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent an %here there is a #on#entration of Fi"ipino
(i!rant %or*ers' the !o&ern(ent (ust pro&ie a Sharia or hu(an ri!hts "a%$er' a ps$#ho"o!ist
an a so#ia" %or*er for the Center. In aition to these personne"' the !o&ern(ent (ust a"so
hire %ithin the re#ei&in! #ountr$' in su#h nu(-er as (a$ -e neee -$ the post' pu-"i# re"ation
o@#ers or #ase o@#ers %ho are #on&ersant' ora""$ an in %ritin!' %ith the "o#a" "an!ua!e' "a%s'
#usto(s an pra#ti#es. The La-or Atta#he sha"" #oorinate the operation of the Center an sha""
*eep the Chief of 5ission infor(e an upate on a"" (atters a.e#tin! it.4
%or*ers' the !o&ern(ent (ust pro&ie a "a%$er an a so#ia" %or*er for the Center. The La-or
Atta#he sha"" #oorinate the operation of the Center an sha"" *eep the Chief of 5ission
infor(e an upate on a"" (atters a.e#tin! it.
The Center sha"" ha&e a #ounterpart 23-hour infor(ation an assistan#e #enter at
the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs to ensure a #ontinuous net%or* an #oorinati&e (e#hanis(
at the ho(e o@#e.
SEC. 22. ESTA?LISI5ENT OF A SIARED >OKERN5ENT INFOR5ATION SBSTE5 FOR
5I>RATION. - An inter-a!en#$ #o((ittee #o(pose of the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs an
its atta#he a!en#$' the Co((ission on Fi"ipino O&erseas' the Depart(ent of La-or an
E(p"o$(ent' the Phi"ippine O&erseas E(p"o$(ent A(inistration' The O&erseas 6or*ers 6e"fare
A(inistration' The Depart(ent of Touris(' the Depart(ent of Gusti#e' the ?ureau of I((i!ration'
the Nationa" ?ureau of In&esti!ation' an the Nationa" Statisti#s O@#e sha"" -e esta-"ishe to
i(p"e(ent a share !o&ern(ent infor(ation s$ste( for (i!ration. The inter-a!en#$ #o((ittee
sha"" initia""$ (a*e a&ai"a-"e to itse"f the infor(ation #ontaine in e=istin! ata -ases/:"es. The
se#on phase sha"" in&o"&e "in*a!in! of #o(puter fa#i"ities in orer to a""o% free-Do% ata
e=#han!es an sharin! a(on! #on#erne a!en#ies.
The inter-a!en#$ #o((ittee sha"" #on&ene to ientif$ e=istin! ata -ases %hi#h
sha"" -e e#"assi:e an share a(on! (e(-er a!en#ies. These share ata -ases sha"" initia""$
in#"ue' -ut not "i(ite to' the fo""o%in! infor(ation9
(a) 5aster"ists of epartin!/arri&in! Fi"ipinos<
(-) In&entor$ of penin! "e!a" #ases in&o"&in! Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers an other
Fi"ipino nationa"s' in#"uin! those ser&in! prison ter(s<
(#) 5aster"ists of epartin!/arri&in! Fi"ipinos<
() Statisti#a" pro:"e on Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers/o&erseas Fi"ipinos/Tourists<
(e) ?"a#*"iste forei!ners/unesira-"e a"iens<
(f) ?asi# ata on "e!a" s$ste(s' i((i!ration po"i#ies' (arria!e "a%s an #i&i" an
#ri(ina" #oes in re#ei&in! #ountries parti#u"ar"$ those %ith the "ar!e nu(-ers of Fi"ipinos<
Se#tion 0;. Se#tion 22 of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
4SEC. 22. Esta-"ish(ent of a Share >o&ern(ent Infor(ation S$ste( for 5i!ration. - An
intera!en#$ #o((ittee #o(pose of the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs an its atta#he a!en#$'
the Co((ission on Fi"ipinos O&erseas' the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent an its
atta#he #on#erne a!en#ies' the Depart(ent of Touris(' the Depart(ent of Gusti#e the ?ureau
of I((i!ration' the Nationa" ?ureau of In&esti!ation' the Depart(ent of the Interior an Lo#a"
>o&ern(ent' the Nationa" Te"e#o((uni#ations Co((ission' the Co((ission on Infor(ation an
Co((uni#ations Te#hno"o!$' the Nationa" Co(puter Center' the Nationa" Statisti#a" an
Coorination ?oar' the Nationa" Statisti#s O@#e an other !o&ern(ent a!en#ies #on#erne
%ith o&erseas e(p"o$(ent sha"" -e esta-"ishe to i(p"e(ent a share !o&ern(ent infor(ation
s$ste( for (i!ration. The intera!en#$ #o((ittee sha"" initia""$ (a*e a&ai"a-"e to itse"f the
infor(ation #ontaine in e=istin! ata -ases/:"es. The se#on phase sha"" in&o"&e "in*a!in! of
#o(puter fa#i"ities on orer to a""o% free-Do% ata e=#han!es an sharin! a(on! #on#erne
a!en#ies.
4The inter-a!en#$ #o((ittee sha"" -e #o-#haire -$ the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs an the
Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent. The Nationa" Co(puter Center sha"" pro&ie the
ne#essar$ te#hni#a" assistan#e an sha"" set the appropriate infor(ation an #o((uni#ations
te#hno"o!$ stanars to fa#i"itate the sharin! of infor(ation a(on! the (e(-er a!en#ies.
4The inter-a!en#$ #o((ittee sha"" (eet re!u"ar"$ to ensure the i((eiate an fu"" i(p"e(entation
of this se#tion an sha"" e=p"ore the possi-i"it$ settin! up a #entra" stora!e fa#i"it$ for the ata on
(i!ration. The pro!ress of the i(p"e(entation of this se#tion sha"" -e in#"ue in the report to
Con!ress of the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs an the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent
uner Se#tion ;;.
(!) List of "a-or an other hu(an ri!hts instru(ents %here re#ei&in! #ountries are
si!natories<
(h) A tra#*in! s$ste( of past an present !ener isa!!re!ate #ases in&o"&in!
(a"e an fe(a"e (i!rant %or*ers< an
(I) Listin! of o&erseas posts %hi#h (a$ rener assistan#e to o&erseas Fi"ipinos' in
!enera"' an (i!rant %or*ers' in parti#u"ar.
4The inter-a!en#$ #o((ittee sha"" #on&ene to ientif$ e=istin! ata -ases %hi#h sha"" -e
e#"assi:e an share a(on! (e(-er a!en#ies. These share ata -ases sha"" initia""$ in#"ue'
-ut not -e "i(ite to' the fo""o%in! infor(ation9
4(a) 5aster"ists of Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers/o&erseas Fi"ipino #"assi:e a##orin! to
o##upation/,o- #ate!or$' #i&i" status' -$ #ountr$/state of estination in#"uin! &isa #"assi:#ation<
4(-) In&entor$ of penin! "e!a" #ases in&o"&in! Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers an other Fi"ipino
nationa"s' in#"uin! those ser&in! prison ter(s<
4(#) 5aster"ists of epartin!/arri&in! Fi"ipinos<
4() Statisti#a" pro:"e on Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers/o&erseas Fi"ipinos/tourists<
4(e) ?"a#*"iste forei!ners/unesira-"e a"iens<
4(f) ?asi# ata on "e!a" s$ste(s' i((i!ration po"i#ies' (arria!e "a%s an #i&i" an #ri(ina" #oes
in re#ei&in! #ountries parti#u"ar"$ those %ith "ar!e nu(-ers of Fi"ipinos<
4(!) List of La-or an other hu(an ri!hts instru(ents %here re#ei&in! #ountries are si!natories<
4(h) A tra#*in! s$ste( of past an present !ener isa!!re!ate #ases in&o"&in! (a"e an
fe(a"e (i!rant %or*ers' in#"uin! (inors< an
4(i) Listin! of o&erseas posts %hi#h (a$ rener assistan#e to o&erseas Fi"ipinos' in !enera"' an
(i!rant %or*ers' in parti#u"ar.4
SEC. 2;. ROLE OF >OKERN5ENT A>ENCIES. -
(-.0) Phi"ippine O&erseas E(p"o$(ent A(inistration - Su-,e#t to ere!u"ation an
phase out as pro&ie uner Se#tions 27 an ;2 herein' the A(inistration sha"" re!u"ate pri&ate
se#tor parti#ipation in the re#ruit(ent an o&erseas p"a#e(ent of %or*ers -$ settin! up a
"i#ensin! an re!istration s$ste(. It sha"" a"so for(u"ate an i(p"e(ent' in #oorination %ith
appropriate entities #on#erne' %hen ne#essar$ e(p"o$(ent of Fi"ipino %or*ers ta*in! into
#onsieration their %e"fare an the o(esti# (anpo%er re+uire(ents.
Se#tion 03. Su-para!raph (-.0) of para!raph (-) of Se#tion 2; of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as
a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as fo""o%s9
4(-.0) Phi"ippine O&erseas E(p"o$(ent A(inistration. - The A(inistration sha"" re!u"ate pri&ate
se#tor parti#ipation in the re#ruit(ent an o&erseas p"a#e(ent of %or*ers -$ settin! up a
"i#ensin! an re!istration s$ste(. It sha"" a"so for(u"ate an i(p"e(ent' in #oorination %ith
appropriate entities #on#erne' %hen ne#essar$' a s$ste( for pro(otin! an (onitorin! the
o&erseas e(p"o$(ent of Fi"ipino %or*ers ta*in! into #onsieration their %e"fare an the o(esti#
(anpo%er re+uire(ents. It sha"" -e responsi-"e for the re!u"ation an (ana!e(ent of o&erseas
e(p"o$(ent fro( the pre-e(p"o$(ent sta!e' se#urin! the -est possi-"e e(p"o$(ent ter(s an
#onitions for o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers' an ta*in! into #onsieration the nees of &u"nera-"e
se#tors an the pe#u"iarities of sea--ase an "an--ase %or*ers. In appropriate #ases' the
A(inistration sha"" a""o% the "iftin! of suspension of errin! re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#ies upon
the pa$(ent of :ne of Fift$ thousan pesos (P82'222.22) for e&er$ (onth of suspension.
4in aition to its po%ers an fun#tions' the A(inistration sha"" infor( (i!rant %or*ers not on"$
of their ri!hts as %or*ers -ut a"so of their ri!hts as hu(an -ein!s' instru#t an !uie the %or*ers
ho% to assert their ri!hts an pro&ie the a&ai"a-"e (e#hanis( to reress &io"ation of their ri!hts.
It sha"" a"so -e responsi-"e for the i(p"e(entation' in partnership %ith other "a%-enfor#e(ent
a!en#ies' of an intensi:e pro!ra( a!ainst i""e!a" re#ruit(ent a#ti&ities. For this purpose' the
POEA sha"" pro&ie #o(prehensi&e Pre-E(p"o$(ent Orientation Se(inars (PEOS) that %i""
is#uss topi#s su#h as pre&ention of i""e!a" re#ruit(ent an !ener-sensiti&it$.
4The A(inistration sha"" not en!a!e in the re#ruit(ent an p"a#e(ent of o&erseas %or*ers
e=#ept on a !o&ern(ent-to-!o&ern(ent arran!e(ent on"$.
4In the re#ruit(ent an p"a#e(ent of %or*ers to ser&i#e the re+uire(ents for traine an
#o(petent Fi"ipino %or*ers of forei!n !o&ern(ents an their instru(enta"it$s' an su#h other
e(p"o$ers as pu-"i# interests (a$ re+uire' the A(inistration sha"" ep"o$ on"$ to #ountries
%here the Phi"ippine has #on#"ue -i"atera" "a-or a!ree(ents or arran!e(ents9 Pro&ie' That
su#h #ountries sha"" !uarantee to prote#t the ri!hts of Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers< an Pro&ie'
further' That su#h #ountries sha"" o-ser&e an/or #o(p"$ %ith the internationa" "a%s an stanars
for (i!rant %or*ers.4
SEC. 2;. ROLE OF >OKERN5ENT A>ENCIES. -
(-.2) O&erseas 6or*ers 6e"fare A(inistration - The 6e"fare O@#er or in his
a-sen#e' the #oorinatin! o@#er sha"" pro&ie the Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*er an his fa(i"$ a"" the
assistan#e the$ (a$ nee in the enfor#e(ent of #ontra#tua" o-"i!ations -$ a!en#ies or entities
an/or -$ their prin#ipa"s. In the perfor(an#e of this fun#tions' he sha"" (a*e representation an
(a$ #a"" on the a!en#ies or entities #on#erne to #onferen#es or #on#i"iation (eetin!s for the
purpose of sett"in! the #o(p"aints or pro-"e(s -rou!ht to his attention.
Se#tion 08. Su--para!raph (-.2) of Para!raph (-) of Se#tion 2; of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as
a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as fo""o%s9
4(-.2) O&erseas 6or*ers 6e"fare A(inistration. - The 6e"fare o@#er of in his a-sen#e' the
#oorinatin! o@#er sha"" pro&ie the Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*er an his fa(i"$ a"" the assistan#e the$
(a$ nee in the enfor#e(ent of #ontra#tua" o-"i!ations -$ a!en#ies or entities an/or -$ their
prin#ipa"s. In the perfor(an#e of this fun#tion' he sha"" (a*e representation an (a$ #a"" on the
a!en#ies or entities #on#erne to #onferen#es or #on#i"iation (eetin!s for the purpose of
sett"in! the #o(p"ian#e or pro-"e(s -rou!ht to his attention. The O66A sha"" "i*e%ise for(u"ate
an i(p"e(ent %e"fare pro!ra(s for o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers an their fa(i"ies %hi"e the$ are
a-roa an upon their return. It sha"" ensure the a%areness -$ the o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers an
their fa(i"ies of these pro!ra(s an other re"ate !o&ern(enta" pro!ra(s.
4In the repatriation of %or*ers to -e unerta*en -$ O66A' the "atter sha"" -e authori)e to pa$
repatriation-re"ate e=penses' su#h as :nes or pena"ties' su-,e#t to su#h !uie"ines as the
O66A ?oar of Trustees (a$ pres#ri-e.4
SEC. 2;. ROLE OF >OKERN5ENT A>ENCIES. - Ne% Para!raphs Se#tion 0C. Hner Se#tion 2; of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' a ne% para!raphs (#)
an () %ith their #orresponin! su-para!raphs to rea as fo""o%s9
4(#) Depart(ent of Iea"th. - The Depart(ent of Iea"th (DOI) sha"" re!u"ate the a#ti&ities an
operations of a"" #"ini#s %hi#h #onu#t (ei#a"' ph$si#a"' opti#a"' enta"' ps$#ho"o!i#a" an other
si(i"ar e=a(inations' hereinafter referre to as hea"th e=a(inations' on Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers as
re+uire(ent for their o&erseas e(p"o$(ent. Pursuant to this' the DOI sha"" ensure that9
4 (#.0) The fees for the hea"th e=a(inations are re!u"ate' re!u"ar"$ (onitore an u"$ pu-"ishe
to ensure that the sai fees are reasona-"e an not e=or-itant<
4 (#.2) The Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*er sha"" on"$ -e re+uire to uner!o hea"th e=a(inations %hen
there is reasona-"e #ertaint$ that he or she %i"" -e hire an ep"o$e to the ,o-site an on"$
those hea"th e=a(inations %hi#h are a-so"ute"$ ne#essar$ for the t$pe of ,o- app"ie for or
those spe#i:#a""$ re+uire -$ the forei!n e(p"o$er sha"" -e #onu#te<
4 (#.;) No !roup or !roups of (ei#a" #"ini#s sha"" ha&e a (onopo"$ of e=#"usi&e"$ #onu#tin!
hea"th e=a(inations on (i!rant %or*ers for #ertain re#ei&in! #ountries<
4 (#.3) E&er$ Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*er sha"" ha&e the freeo( to #hoose an$ of the DOI-
a##reite or DOI-operate #"ini#s that %i"" #onu#t his/her hea"th e=a(inations an that his or
her ri!hts as a patient are respe#te. The e#*in! pra#ti#e' %hi#h re+uires an o&erseas Fi"ipino
%or*er to !o :rst to an o@#e for re!istration an then far(e out to a (ei#a" #"ini# "o#ate
e"se%here' sha"" not -e a""o%e<
4 (#.8) 6ithin a perio of three (;) $ears fro( the e.e#ti&it$ of this A#t' a"" DOI re!iona" an/or
pro&in#ia" hospita"s sha"" esta-"ish an operate #"ini#s that #an -e ser&e the hea"th e=a(ination
re+uire(ents of Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers to pro&ie the( eas$ a##ess to su#h #"ini#s a"" o&er the
#ountr$ an "essen their transportation an "o!in! e=penses an
4 (#.C) A"" DOI-a##reite (ei#a" #"ini#s' in#"uin! the DOI-operate #"ini#s' #onu#tin! hea"th
e=a(inations for Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers sha"" o-ser&e the sa(e stanar operatin! pro#eures
an sha"" #o(p"$ %ith internationa""$-a##epte stanars in their operations to #onfor( %ith the
re+uire(ents of re#ei&in! #ountries or of forei!n e(p"o$ers/prin#ipa"s.
4An$ Forei!n e(p"o$er %ho oes not honor the resu"ts of &a"i hea"th e=a(inations #onu#te
-$ a DOI-a##reite or DOI-operate #"ini# sha"" -e te(porari"$ is+ua"i:e fro( the
parti#ipatin! in the o&erseas e(p"o$(ent pro!ra(' pursuant to POEA ru"es an re!u"ations.
4In #ase an o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er is foun to -e not (ei#a""$ :t upon his/her i((eiate
arri&a" in the #ountr$ of estination' the (ei#a" #"ini# that #onu#te the hea"th e=a(ination/s of
su#h o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er sha"" pa$ for his or her repatriation -a#* to the Phi"ippines an the
#ost of ep"o$(ent of su#h %or*er.
4An$ !o&ern(ent o@#ia" or e(p"o$ee %ho &io"ates an$ pro&ision of this su-se#tion sha"" -e
re(o&e or is(isse fro( ser&i#e %ith is+ua"i:#ation to ho" an$ appointi&e pu-"i# o@#e for
:&e(8) $ears. Su#h pena"t$ is %ithout pre,ui#e to an$ other "ia-i"it$ %hi#h he or she (a$ ha&e
in#urre uner e=istin! "a%s' ru"es or re!u"ations.
4() Lo#a" >o&ern(ent Hnits. - In the :!ht a!ainst i""e!a" re#ruit(ent' the "o#a" !o&ern(ent units
(L>Hs)' in partnership %ith the POEA' other #on#erne !o&ern(ent a!en#ies ' an non-
!o&ern(ent or!ani)ations a&o#atin! the ri!hts an %e"fare of o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers' sha""
ta*e a proa#ti&e stan#e -$ -ein! pri(ari"$ responsi-"e for the isse(ination of infor(ation to
their #onstituents on a"" aspe#ts of o&erseas e(p"o$(ent. To #arr$ out this tas*' the fo""o%in!
sha"" -e unerta*en -$ the L>Hs9
4(.0) Pro&ie a &enue for the POEA' other #on#erne !o&ern(ent a!en#ies an non-
!o&ern(ent or!ani)ations to #onu#t PEOS to their #onstituents on a re!u"ar -asis<
4(.2) Esta-"ish o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er he"p es* or *ios* in their "o#a"ities %ith the o-,e#ti&e of
pro&iin! #urrent infor(ation to their #onstituents on a"" the pro#esses aspe#ts of o&erseas
e(p"o$(ent. Su#h es* or *ios* sha""' as -e "in*e to the ata-ase of a"" #on#erne !o&ern(ent
a!en#ies' parti#u"ar"$ the POEA for its upate "ists of o&erseas ,o- orers an "i#ense
re#ruit(ent a!en#ies in !oo stanin!.4
SEC. 23. LE>AL ASSISTANT FOR 5I>RANT 6ORJERS AFFAIRS. -

(#) To tap the assistan#e of reputa-"e "a% :r(s an the Inte!rate ?ar of the Phi"ippines an
other -ar asso#iations to #o(p"e(ent the !o&ern(entAs e.orts to pro&ie "e!a" assistan#e to
(i!rant %or*ers<
Se#tion 0F. Su-para!raph ( # ) of Se#tion of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$
a(ene to rea as fo""o%s9
4( # ) To tap the assistan#e of reputa-"e "a% :r(s' the Inte!rate ?ar of the Phi"ippines' other -ar
asso#iations an other !o&ern(ent "e!a" e=perts on o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*er "a%s to
#o(p"e(ent the !o&ern(entAs e.orts to pro&ie "e!a" assistan#e to our (i!rant %or*ers<4
SEC. 28. LE>AL ASSISTANCE FHND - There is here-$ esta-"ishe a "e!a" assistan#e fun for
(i!rant %or*ers' herein after referre to as Le!a" Assistan#e fun' in the a(ount of One hunre
(i""ion pesos (P022'222'222.22) to -e #onstitute fro( the fo""o%in! sour#es9
Fift$ (i""ion pesos (P82'222'222.22) fro( the Contin!en#$ Fun of the Presient<
Thirt$ (i""ion pesos (P;2'222'222.22) fro( the Presientia" So#ia" Fun< an
T%ent$ (i""ion pesos (P22'222'222.22) fro( the 6e"fare Fun for O&erseas 6or*ers
esta-"ishe uner Letter of Instru#tion No. 8;F' as a(ene -$ Presientia" De#ree Nos. 0C73
an 0127.
An$ -a"an#es of e=istin! fun %hi#h ha&e -een set asie -$ the !o&ern(ent
spe#i:#a""$ as "e!a" assistan#e or efense fun to he"p (i!rant %or*ers sha""' upon e.e#ti&it$ of
this A#t' to -e turne o&er to' an for( part of' the Fun #reate uner this A#t.
Se#tion 01. Se#tion 28 of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
4SEC. 28. Le!a" Assistan#e Fun. - There is her-$ esta-"ishe a "e!a" assistan#e fun for (i!rant
%or*ers' hereinafter referre to as the Le!a" Assistan#e Fun' in the a(ount of one hunre
(i""ion pesos (P022'222'222.22) to -e #onstitute fro( the fo""o%in! sour#es.
4Fift$ (i""ion pesos (82'222'222.22) fro( the Contin!en#$ Fun of the Presient<
4Thirt$ (i""ion pesos (;2'222'222.22) fro( the Contin!en#$ Fun of the Presient So#ia" Fun<
4T%ent$ (i""ion pesos (22'222'222.22) fro( the 6e"fare Fun for O&erseas 6or*ers esta-"ishe
uner Letter of Instru#tions No. 8;F as a(ene -$ Presientia" De#ree Nos. 0C73 an 0127<
an
4An a(ount appropriate in the annua" >enera" Appropriations A#t (>AA) %hi#h sha"" not -e "ess
than Thirt$ (i""ion pesos (;2'222'222.22) per $ear9 Pro&ie' that the -a"an#e of the Le!a"
Assistan#e Fun (LAF) in#"uin! the a(ount appropriate for the $ear sha"" not -e "ess than One
hunre (i""ion pesos (P022'222'222.22) 9 Pro&ie' further' That the fun sha"" -e treate as a
spe#ia" fun in the Nationa" Treasur$ an its -a"an#e' in#"uin! the a(ount appropriate in the
>AA' %hi#h sha"" for( part of the Fun' sha"" not re&ert to the >enera" Fun.
4 An$ -a"an#es of e=istin! funs %hi#h ha&e -een set asie -$ the !o&ern(ent spe#i:#a""$ as
"e!a" assistan#e or efense fun to he"p (i!rant %or*ers sha"" upon e.e#ti&it$ of this A#t' -e
turne o&er to' an for( part of' the Fun #reate uner this A#t.4
SEC. 2C. HSES OF TIE LE>AL ASSISTANCE FHND. - The Le!a" Assistan#e Fun #reate uner
the pre#eein! se#tion sha"" -e use e=#"usi&e"$ to pro&ie "e!a" ser&i#es to (i!rant %or*ers
Se#tion 07. Se#tion 2C of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
an o&erseas Fi"ipinos in istress in a##oran#e %itht the !uie"ines' #riteria an pro#eures
pro(u"!ate in a##oran#e %ith Se#tion 23 (a) hereof. The e=penitures to -e #har!e a!ainst
the Fun sha"" in#"ue the fees for the forei!n "a%$ers to -e hire -$ the Le!a" Assistan#e for
5i!rant 6or*ers A.airs to represent (i!rant %or*ers fa#in! #har!es a-roa' -ai" -ons to
se#ure the te(porar$ re"ease of %or*ers uner etention' #ourt fees an #har!es an other
"iti!ation e=penses.
4SEC. 2C. Hses of the Le!a" Assistan#e Fun. - The Le!a" Assistan#e Fun #reate uner the
pre#ein! se#tion sha"" -e use e=#"usi&e"$ to pro&ie "e!a" ser&i#es to (i!rant %or*ers an
o&erseas Fi"ipinos in istress in a##oran#e %ith the !uie"ines' #riteria an pro#eures
pro(u"!ate in a##oran#e %ith Se#tion 23 ( a ) hereof. The e=penitures to -e #har!e a!ainst
the Fun sha"" in#"ue the fees for the forei!n "a%$ers to -e hire -$ the Le!a" Assistant for
5i!rant 6or*ers A.airs to represent (i!rant %or*ers fa#in! #har!es or in :"in! #ases a!ainst
errin! or a-usi&e e(p"o$ers a-roa' -ai" -ons to se#ure the te(porar$ re"eases an other
"iti!ation e=penses9 Pro&ie' That at the en of e&er$ $ear' the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs
sha"" in#"ue in its report to Con!ress' as pro&ie for uner Se#tion ;; of this A#t' the status of
the Le!a" Assistan#e Fun' in#"uin! the e=penitures fro( the sai fun u"$ auite -$ the
Co((ission on Auit (COA)9 Pro&ie' further' That the hirin! of forei!n "e!a" #ounse"s' %hen
#ir#u(stan#es %arrant ur!ent a#tion' sha"" -e e=e(pt fro( the #o&era!e of Repu-"i# A#t No.
7013 or the >o&ern(ent Pro#ure(ent A#t.4
SEC. ;2. POEA AND O66A ?OARD< ADDITIONAL 5E5?ERSIIPS. - Not%ithstanin! an$
pro&ision of "a% to the #ontrar$' the respe#ti&e ?oars of the POEA an the O66A sha""' in
aition to their present #o(position' ha&e three (;) (e(-ers ea#h %ho sha"" #o(e fro( the
%o(en' sea--ase an "an--ase se#tors' respe#ti&e"$' to -e appointe -$ the Presient in
the sa(e (anner as the other (e(-ers.
Se#tion 22. Se#tion ;2 of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
4SEC. ;2. POEA' O66A an other ?oars< Aitiona" 5e(-erships. - Not%ithstanin! an$
pro&ision of "a% to the #ontrar$' the respe#ti&e ?oars of the POEA an the O66A sha""' in
aition to their present #o(position' ha&e three (;) (e(-ers ea#h %ho sha"" #o(e fro( the
%o(en' sea--ase an "an--ase se#tors respe#ti&e"$' to -e se"e#te an no(inate open"$
-$ the !enera" (e(-ership of the se#tor -ein! represente.
4 The se"e#tion an no(ination of the aitiona" (e(-ers fro( the %o(en' sea--ase an "an-
-ase se#tors sha"" -e !o&erne -$ the fo""o%in! !uie"ines9
4(a) The POEA an the O66A sha"" "aun#h a (assi&e infor(ation #a(pai!n on the se"e#tion of
no(inees an pro&ie for a s$ste( of #onsu"tati&e sessions for the #erti:e "eaers or
representati&es of the #on#erne se#tors' at "east three (;) ti(es' %ithin ninet$ (72) a$s -efore
the -oars sha"" -e #on&ene' for purposes of se"e#tion. The pro#ess sha"" -e open' e(o#rati#
an transparent<
4(-) On"$ non-!o&ern(ent or!ani)ations that prote#t an pro(ote the ri!hts an %e"fare of
o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers' u"$ re!istere %ith the appropriate Phi"ippine !o&ern(ent a!en#$
an in !oo stanin! as su#h' an in e=isten#e for at "east three (;) $ears prior to the no(ination
sha"" -e +ua"i:e to no(inate a representati&e for ea#h se#tor to the ?oar<
4(#) The no(inee (ust -e at "east t%ent$-:&e (28) $ears of a!e' a-"e to rea an %rite' an a
(i!rant %or*er at the ti(e of his or her no(ination or %as a (i!rant %or*er %ith at "east three
(;) $ears e=perien#e as su#h< an
4() A :na" "ist of a"" the no(inees se"e#te -$ the O66A/POEA !o&ernin! -oars' %hi#h sha""
#onsist of three(;) na(es for ea#h se#tor to -e represente' sha"" -e su-(itte to the Presient
an pu-"ishe in a ne%spaper of !enera" #ir#u"ation<
46ithin thirt$ (;2) a$s fro( the su-(ission of the "ist' the Presient sha"" se"e#t an appoint fro(
the "ist' the representati&es to the POEA/O66A !o&ernin! -oars.
4The aitiona" (e(-ers sha"" ha&e a ter( of three (;) $ears an sha"" -e e"i!i-"e for
reappoint(ent for another three (;) $ears. In #ase of &a#an#$' the Presient sha"" in a##oran#e
%ith the pro&isions of this A#t' appoint a rep"a#e(ent %ho sha"" ser&e the une=pire ter( of his
or her pree#essor.
4An$ e=e#uti&e issuan#es or orers issue that #ontra&ene the pro&isions of this se#tion sha""
ha&e no for#e an e.e#t.
4A"" other !o&ern(ent a!en#ies an !o&ern(ent-o%ne or #ontro""e #orporations %hi#h
re+uire at "east one (0) representati&e fro( the o&erseas %or*ers se#tor to their respe#ti&e
-oars sha"" fo""o% a"" the app"i#a-"e pro&isions of this se#tion.4
SEC. ;;. REPORT TO CON>RESS. - In orer to infor( the Phi"ippine Con!ress on the
i(p"e(entation of the po"i#$ enun#iate in Se#tion 3 hereof' the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs
an the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent sha"" su-(it to the sai -o$ a se(i-annua" report
of Phi"ippine forei!n posts "o#ate in #ountries hostin! Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers. The report sha""
not -e "i(ite to the fo""o%in! infor(ation9
An$ o@#er of the !o&ern(ent %ho fai"s to report as state in the pre#eein!
se#tion sha"" -e su-,e#te to a(inistrati&e pena"t$.
Se#tion 20. The :rst an "ast para!raph of Se#tion ;; of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is
here-$ a(ene to rea as fo""o%s9
4SEC. ;;. Report to Con!ress. - In orer to infor( the Phi"ippine Con!ress on the
i(p"e(entation of the po"i#$ enun#iate in Se#tion 3 hereof' the Depart(ent of Forei!n A.airs
an the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent sha"" su-(it separate"$ to the sai -o$ a se(i-
annua" report of Phi"ippine forei!n posts "o#ate in #ountries hostin! Fi"ipino (i!rant %or*ers.
The (i-$ear report #o&erin! the perio Ganuar$ to Gune sha"" -e su-(itte not "ater than
O#to-er ;0 of the sa(e $ear %hi"e the $ear-en report #o&erin! the perio Gu"$ to De#e(-er
sha"" -e su-(itte not "ater than 5a$ ;0 of the fo""o%in! $ear. The report sha"" in#"ue' -ut sha""
not "i(ite to' the fo""o%in! infor(ation9
4 = = =
4 An$ o@#er of the !o&ern(ent %ho fai"s to su-(it the report as state in this se#tion sha"" -e
su-,e#t to an a(inistrati&e pena"t$ of is(issa" fro( the ser&i#e %ith is+ua"i:#ation to ho" an$
appointi&e pu-"i# o@#e for :&e (8) $ears.4
SEC. ;8. ELE5PTION FRO5 TRAKEL TAL AND AIRPORT FEE. - A"" "a%s to the #ountr$
not%ithstanin!' the (i!rant %or*er sha"" -e e=e(pt fro( the pa$(ent of tra&e" ta= an airport
fee upon proper sho%in! of proof of entit"e(ent -$ the POEA.
Se#tion 22. Se#tion ;8 of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ a(ene to rea as
fo""o%s9
SEC. ;8. E=e(ption fro( Tra&e" Ta= Do#u(entar$ Sta(p an Airport Fee. - A"" "a%s to the
#ontrar$ not%ithstanin!' the (i!rant %or*ers sha"" -e e=e(pt fro( the pa$(ent of tra&e" ta= an
airport-fee upon proper sho%in! of proof entit"e(ent -$ the POEA.
4The re(ittan#es of a"" o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers' upon sho%in! of the sa(e proof of entit"e(ent
-$ the o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*erAs -ene:#iar$ or re#ipient' sha"" -e e=e(pt fro( the pa$(ent of
o#u(entar$ sta(p ta=.
NE6 SECTION HNDER SECTION ;F Se#tion 2;. A ne% Se#tion ;F-A. of Rep"u-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ ae to
rea as fo""o%s9
4SEC. ;F-A. Co(pu"sor$ Insuran#e Co&era!e for A!en#$-Iire 6or*ers. - In aition to the
perfor(an#e -on to -e :"e -$ the re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ uner Se#tion 02' ea#h
(i!rant %or*er ep"o$e -$ a re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ sha"" -e #o&ere -$ a #o(pu"sor$
insuran#e po"i#$ %hi#h sha"" -e se#ure at no #ost to the sai %or*er. Su#h insuran#e po"i#$
sha"" -e e.e#ti&e for the uration of the (i!rant %or*erAs e(p"o$(ent an sha"" #o&er' at the
(ini(u(9
4(a) A##ienta" eath' %ith at "east Fifteen thousan Hnite States o""ars (HSM02'222.22)
sur&i&orAs -ene:t pa$a-"e to the (i!rant %or*erAs -ene:#iaries<
4(#) Per(anent tota" isa-"e(ent' %ith at "east Se&en thousan :&e hunre Hnite States o""ars
(HSMF'822.22) isa-i"it$ -ene:t pa$a-"e to the (i!rant %or*er. The fo""o%in! isa-i"ities sha"" -e
ee(e per(anent9 tota"' #o(p"ete "oss of si!ht of -oth e$es< "oss of t%o(2) "i(-s at or a-o&e
the an*"es or %rists< per(anent #o(p"ete para"$sis of t%o (2) "i(-s< -rain in,ur$ resu"tin! to
in#ura-"e i(-e#i"it$ or insanit$<
4() Repatriation #ost of the %or*er %hen his/her e(p"o$(ent is ter(inate %ithout an$ &a"i
#ause' in#"uin! the transport of his or her persona" -e"on!in!s. In #ase of eath' the insuran#e
pro&ier sha"" arran!e an pa$ for the repatriation or return of the %or*erAs re(ains. The
insuran#e pro&ier sha"" a"so rener an$ assistan#e ne#essar$ in the transport in#"uin!' -ut not
"i(ite to' "o#atin! a "o#a" "i#ense funera" ho(e' (ortuar$ or ire#t isposition fa#i"it$ to
prepare the -o$ for transport' #o(p"etin! a"" o#u(entation' o-tainin! "e!a" #"earan#es'
pro#urin! #onsu"ar ser&i#es' pro&iin! ne#essar$ #as*et or air transport #ontainer' as %e"" as
transportin! the re(ains in#"uin! retrie&a" fro( site of eath an e"i&er$ to the re#ei&in! funera"
ho(e<
4(e) Su-sisten#e a""o%an#e -ene:t' %ith at "east One hunre Hnite States o""ars (HSM022.22)
Per (onth for a (a=i(u( of si= (C) (onths for a (i!rant %or*er %ho is in&o"&e in a #ase or
"iti!ation for the prote#tion of his/her ri!hts in the re#ei&in! #ountr$<
4(f) 5one$ #"ai(s arisin! fro( e(p"o$erAs "ia-i"it$ %hi#h (a$ -e a%are or !i&en to the %or*er
in a ,u!(ent or sett"e(ent of his or her #ase in the NLRC. The insuran#e #o&era!e for (one$
#"ai(s sha"" -e e+ui&a"ent to at "east three (;) (onths for e&er$ $ear of the (i!rant %or*erAs
e(p"o$(ent #ontra#t<
4In aition to the a-o&e #o&era!e' the insuran#e po"i#$ sha"" a"so in#"ue9
4(!) Co(passionate &isit. 6hen a (i!rant %or*er is hospita"i)e an has -een #on:ne for at
"east se&en (F) #onse#uti&e a$s' he sha"" -e entit"e to a #o(passionate &isit -$ one (0) fa(i"$
(e(-er or a re+ueste ini&iua". The insuran#e #o(pan$ sha"" pa$ for the transportation #ost of
the fa(i"$ (e(-er or re+ueste ini&iua" to the (a,or airport #"osest to the p"a#e of
hospita"i)ation of the %or*er. It is' ho%e&er' the responsi-i"it$ of the fa(i"$ (e(-er or re+ueste
ini&iua" to (eet a"" &isa an tra&e" o#u(ent re+uire(ents<
4(h) 5ei#a" e&a#uation. 6hen an ae+uate (ei#a" fa#i"it$ is not a&ai"a-"e pro=i(ate to the
(i!rant %or*er' as eter(ine -$ the insuran#e #o(pan$As ph$si#ian an/or a #onsu"tin!
ph$si#ian' e&a#uation uner appropriate (ei#a" super&ision -$ the (oe of transport ne#essar$
sha"" -e unerta*en -$ the insuran#e pro&ier< an
4(i) 5ei#a" repatriation. 6hen (ei#a""$ ne#essar$ as eter(ine -$ the attenin! ph$si#ian'
repatriation uner (ei#a" super&ision to the (i!rant %or*erAs resien#e sha"" -e unerta*en -$
the insuran#e pro&ier at su#h ti(e that the (i!rant %or*er is (ei#a""$ #"eare for tra&e" -$
#o((er#ia" #arrier. If the perio to re#ei&e (ei#a" #"earan#e to tra&e" e=#ees fourteen (03)
a$s fro( the ate of is#har!e fro( the hospita"' an a"ternati&e appropriate (oe of
transportation' su#h as air a(-u"an#e' (a$ -e arran!e. 5ei#a" an non-(ei#a" es#orts (a$
-e pro&ie %hen ne#essar$.
4On"$ reputa-"e pri&ate insuran#e #o(panies u"$ re!istere %ith the Insuran#e Co((ission (IC) '
%hi#h are in e=isten#e an operationa" for at "east Fi&e hunre (i""ion pesos (P822'222'222.22)
to -e eter(ine -$ the IC' an %ith a #urrent $ear #erti:#ate of authorit$ sha"" -e +ua"i:e to
pro&ie for the %or*erAs insuran#e #o&era!e. Insuran#e #o(panies %ho ha&e ire#tors' partners'
o@#ers' e(p"o$ees or a!ents %ith re"ati&es' %ithin the fourth #i&i" e!ree of #onsan!uinit$ or
a@nit$' %ho %or* or ha&e interest in an$ of the "i#ense re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#ies or in an$
of the !o&ern(ent a!en#ies in&o"&e in the o&erseas e(p"o$(ent pro!ra( sha"" -e is+ua"i:e
fro( pro&iin! this %or*ersA insuran#e #o&era!e.
4The re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ sha"" ha&e the ri!ht to #hoose fro( an$ of the +ua"i:e
insuran#e pro&iers the #o(pan$ that %i"" insure the (i!rant %or*er it %i"" ep"o$. After pro#urin!
su#h insuran#e po"i#$' the re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ sha"" pro&ie an authenti#ate #op$
thereof to the (i!rant %or*er. It sha"" then su-(it the #erti:#ate of insuran#e #o&era!e of the
(i!rant %or*er to POEA as a re+uire(ent for the issuan#e of an O&erseas E(p"o$(ent
Certi:#ate (OEC) to the (i!rant %or*er. In the #ase of seafarers %ho are insure uner po"i#ies
issue -$ forei!n insuran#e #o(panies' the POEA sha"" a##ept #erti:#ates or other proofs of
#o&er fro( re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#ies9 Pro&ie' That the (ini(u( #o&era!e uner su--
para!raphs (a) to (i) are in#"ue therein.
4An$ person ha&in! a #"ai( upon the po"i#$ issue pursuant to su-para!raphs (a)' (-)' (#)' () an
(e) of this se#tion sha"" present to the insuran#e #o(pan$ #on#erne a %ritten noti#e of #"ai(
to!ether %ith pertinent supportin! o#u(ents. The insuran#e #o(pan$ sha"" forth%ith as#ertain
the truth an e=tent of the #"ai( an (a*e pa$(ent %ithin ten (02) a$s fro( the :"in! of the
noti#e of #"ai(.
4An$ #"ai( arisin! fro( a##ienta" eath' natura" eath or isa-"e(ent uner this se#tion sha"" -e
pai -$ the insuran#e #o(pan$ %ithout an$ #ontest an %ithout the ne#essit$ of pro&iin! fau"t
or ne!"i!en#e of an$ *in on the part of the insure (i!rant %or*er9 Pro&ie' That the fo""o%in!
o#u(ents' u"$ authenti#ate -$ the Phi"ippine forei!n posts' sha"" -e su@#ient e&ien#e to
su-stantiate the #"ai(9
4(0) Death Certi:#ate - In #ase of natura" or a##ienta" eath<
4(2) Po"i#e or A##ient Report - In #ase of a##ienta" eath< an
4(;) 5ei#a" Certi:#ate - In #ase of per(anent isa-"e(ent<
4For repatriation uner su-para!raph () hereof' a #erti:#ation %hi#h states the reason/s for the
ter(ination of the (i!rant %or*erAs e(p"o$(ent an the nee for his or her repatriation sha"" -e
issue -$ the Phi"ippine forei!n post or the Phi"ippine O&erseas La-or O@#e (POLO) "o#ate in
the re#ei&in! #ountr$.
4For su-sisten#e a""o%an#e -ene:t uner su-para!raph (e)' the #on#erne "a-or atta#hN or' in
his a-sen#e' the e(-ass$ or #onsu"ar o@#ia" sha"" issue a #erti:#ation %hi#h states the na(e of
the #ase' the na(es of the parties an the nature of the #ause of a#tion of the (i!rant %or*er.
4For the pa$(ent of (one$ #"ai(s uner su-para!raph (f)' the fo""o%in! ru"es sha"" !o&ern9
4(0) After a e#ision has -e#o(e :na" an e=e#utor or a sett"e(ent/#o(pro(ise a!ree(ent has
-een rea#he -et%een the parties at the NLRC' an orer sha"" -e re"ease (anatin! the
responent re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ to pa$ the a(ount a,u!e or a!ree upon %ithin
thirt$ (;2) a$s<
4(2) The re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ sha"" then i((eiate"$ :"e a noti#e of #"ai( %ith its
insuran#e pro&ier for the a(ount of "ia-i"it$ insure' atta#hin! there%ith a #op$ of the e#ision
or #o(pro(ise a!ree(ent<
4(;) 6ithin ten (02) a$s fro( the :"in! of noti#e of #"ai(' the insuran#e #o(pan$ sha"" (a*e
pa$(ent to the re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ the a(ount a,u!e or a!ree upon' or the
a(ount of "ia-i"it$ insure' %hi#he&er is "o%er. After re#ei&in! the insuran#e pa$(ent' the
re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ sha"" i((eiate"$ pa$ the (i!rant %or*erAs #"ai( in fu""' ta*in! into
a##ount that in #ase the a(ount of insuran#e #o&era!e is insu@#ient to satisf$ the a(ount
a,u!e or a!ree upon' it is "ia-"e to pa$ the -a"an#e thereof<
4(3) In #ase the insuran#e #o(pan$ fai"s to (a*e pa$(ent %ithin ten (02) a$s fro( the :"in! of
the #"ai(' the re#ruit(ent/ (annin! a!en#$ sha"" pa$ the a(ount a,u!e or a!ree upon
%ithin the re(ainin! a$s of the thirt$ (;2)-a$ perio' as pro&ie in the :rst su-para!raph
hereof<
4(8) If the %or*erAs #"ai( %as not sett"e %ithin the aforesai thirt$ (;2)-a$ perio' the
re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$As perfor(an#e -on or es#ro% eposit sha"" -e forth%ith !arnishe
to satisf$ the (i!rant %or*erAs #"ai(<
4(C) The pro&ision of #o(pu"sor$ %or*erAs insuran#e uner this se#tion sha"" not a.e#t the ,oint
an so"iar$ "ia-i"it$ of the forei!n e(p"o$er an the re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ uner Se#tion
02<
4(F) La%$ers for the insuran#e #o(panies' un"ess the "atter is i(p"eae' sha"" -e prohi-ite to
appear -efore the NLRC in (one$ #"ai(s #ases uner this se#tion.
4An$ +uestion or ispute in the enfor#e(ent of an$ insuran#e po"i#$ issue uner this se#tion
sha"" -e -rou!ht -efore the IC for (eiation or a,ui#ation.
4In #ase it is sho%n -$ su-stantia" e&ien#e -efore the POEA that the (i!rant %or*er %ho %as
ep"o$e -$ a "i#ense re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ has pai for the pre(iu( or the #ost of the
insuran#e #o&era!e or that the sai insuran#e #o&era!e %as use as -asis -$ the
re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ to #"ai( an$ aitiona" fee fro( the (i!rant %or*er' the sai
"i#ense re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#$ sha"" "ose its "i#ense an a"" its ire#tors' partners'
proprietors' o@#ers an e(p"o$ees sha"" -e perpetua""$ is+ua"i:e fro( en!a!in! in the
-usiness of re#ruit(ent of o&erseas %or*ers. Su#h pena"t$ is %ithout pre,ui#e to an$ other
"ia-i"it$ %hi#h su#h persons (a$ ha&e in#urre uner e=istin! "a%s' ru"es or re!u"ations.
4For (i!rant %or*ers re#ruite -$ the POEA on a !o&ern(ent-to-!o&ern(ent arran!e(ent' the
POEA sha"" esta-"ish a forei!n e(p"o$ers !uarantee fun %hi#h sha"" -e ans%era-"e to the
%or*ersA (onetar$ #"ai(s arisin! fro( -rea#h of #ontra#tua" o-"i!ations. For (i!rant %or*ers
#"assi:e as rehires' na(e hires or ire#t hires' the$ (a$ opt to -e #o&ere -$ this insuran#e
#o&era!e -$ re+uestin! their forei!n e(p"o$ers to pa$ for the #ost of the insuran#e #o&era!e or
the$ (a$ pa$ for the pre(iu( the(se"&es. To prote#t the ri!hts of these %or*ers' the POEA sha""
pro&ie the( ae+uate "e!a" assistan#e' in#"uin! #on#i"iation an (eiation ser&i#es' %hether
at ho(e or a-roa.
4At the en of e&er$ $ear' the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent an the IC sha"" ,oint"$ (a*e
an assess(ent of the perfor(an#e of a"" insuran#e pro&iers' -ase upon the report of the
NLRC an the POEA on their respe#ti&e intera#tions an e=perien#es %ith the insuran#e
#o(panies' an the$ sha"" ha&e the authorit$ to -an or -"a#*"ist su#h insuran#e #o(panies %hi#h
are *no%n to -e e&asi&e or not responsi&e to the "e!iti(ate #"ai(s of (i!rant %or*ers. The
Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent sha"" in#"ue su#h assess(ent in its $ear-en report to
Con!ress.
4For purposes of this se#tion' the Depart(ent of La-or an E(p"o$(ent' IC' NLRC an the
POEA' in #onsu"tation %ith the re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#ies an "e!iti(ate non-!o&ern(ent
or!ani)ations a&o#atin! the ri!hts an %e"fare of o&erseas Fi"ipino %or*ers' sha"" for(u"ate the
ne#essar$ i(p"e(entin! ru"es an re!u"ations.
4The fore!oin! pro&isions on #o(pu"sor$ insuran#e #o&era!e sha"" -e su-,e#t to auto(ati#
re&ie% throu!h the Con!ressiona" O&ersi!ht Co((ittee i((eiate"$ after three (;) $ears fro(
the e.e#ti&it$ of this A#t in orer to eter(ine its e@#a#$ in fa&or of the #o&ere o&erseas
Fi"ipino %or*ers an the #o(p"ian#e -$ re#ruit(ent/(annin! a!en#ies an insuran#e #o(panies'
%ithout pre,ui#e to an ear"ier re&ie% if ne#essar$ an %arrante for the purpose of (oif$in!'
a(enin! an/or repea"in! these su-,e#t pro&isions.
NE6 SECTION HNDER SECTION ;F Se#tion 23. A ne% Se#tion ;F-? of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' is here-$ ae to
rea as fo""o%s9
4Se#. ;F-?. Con!ressiona" O&ersi!ht Co((ittee. - There is here-$ #reate a Goint
Con!ressiona" O&ersi!ht Co((ittee #o(pose of :&e (8) Senators an :&e (8) Representati&es
to -e appointe -$ the Senate Presient an the Spea*er of the Iouse of Representati&es'
respe#ti&e"$. The O&ersi!ht Co((ittee sha"" -e #o-#haire -$ the #hairpersons of the Senate
Co((ittee on La-or an E(p"o$(ent an the Iouse of Representati&es Co((ittee on
O&erseas 6or*ers A.airs. The O&ersi!ht Co((ittee sha"" ha&e the fo""o%in! uties an
fun#tions9
4(a) To set the !uie"ines an o&era"" fra(e%or* to (onitor an ensure the proper
i(p"e(entation of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene' as %e"" as a"" pro!ra(s' pro,e#ts an
a#ti&ities re"ate to o&erseas e(p"o$(ent<
4(-) To ensure transparen#$ an re+uire the su-(ission of reports fro( #on#erne !o&ern(ent
a!en#ies on the #onu#t of pro!ra(s' pro,e#ts an po"i#ies re"atin! to the i(p"e(entation of
Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene<
4(#) To appro&e the -u!et for the pro!ra(s of the O&ersi!ht Co((ittee an a"" is-urse(ents
therefro(' in#"uin! #o(pensation of a"" personne"<
4() To su-(it perioi# reports to the Presient of the Phi"ippines an Con!ress on the
i(p"e(entation of the pro&isions of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene<
4(e) To eter(ine %ea*nesses in the "a% an re#o((en the ne#essar$ re(eia" "e!is"ation or
e=e#uti&e (easures< an
4(f) To perfor( su#h other uties' fun#tions an responsi-i"ities as (a$ -e ne#essar$ to attain its
o-,e#ti&es.
4The O&ersi!ht Co((ittee sha"" aopt its interna" ru"es of pro#eure' #onu#t hearin!s an
re#ei&e testi(onies' reports' an te#hni#a" a&i#e' in&ite or su((on -$ su-poena a
testi:#anu( an$ pu-"i# o@#ia" or pri&ate #iti)en to testif$ -efore it' or re+uire an$ person -$
su-poena u#es te#u( o#u(ents or other (ateria"s as it (a$ re+uire #onsistent %ith the
pro&isions of Repu-"i# A#t No. 1232' as a(ene.
4The O&ersi!ht Co((ittee sha"" or!ani)e its sta. an te#hni#a" pane"' an appoint su#h
personne"' %hether on se#on(ent fro( the Senate an the Iouse of Representati&es or on
te(porar$' #ontra#tua"' or on #onsu"tan#$' an eter(ine their #o(pensation su-,e#t to
app"i#a-"e #i&i" ser&i#e "a%s' ru"es an re!u"ations %ith a &ie% to ensurin! a #o(petent an
e@#ient se#retariat.
4The (e(-ers of the O&ersi!ht Co((ittee sha"" not re#ei&e aitiona" #o(pensation'
a""o%an#es or e(o"u(ents for ser&i#es renere thereto e=#ept tra&e"in!' e=traorinar$ an
other ne#essar$ e=penses to attain its !oa"s an o-,e#ti&es.
4The O&ersi!ht Co((ittee sha"" e=ist for a perio of ten (02) $ears fro( the e.e#ti&it$ of this A#t
an (a$ -e e=tene -$ a ,oint #on#urrent reso"ution.4
SEC. 32. I5PLE5ENTIN> RHLES AND RE>HLATIONS. - The epart(ents an a!en#ies
#har!e %ith #arr$in! out the pro&isions of this A#t sha""' %ithin ninet$ (72) a$s after the
e.e#ti&it$ of this A#t' for(u"ate the ne#essar$ ru"es an re!u"ations for its e.e#ti&e
i(p"e(entation.
Se#tion 28. I(p"e(entin! Ru"es an Re!u"ations. - The epart(ents an a!en#ies #har!e %ith
#arr$in! out the pro&isions of this A#t' e=#ept as other%ise pro&ie herein' in #onsu"tation %ith
the Senate Co((ittee on La-or an E(p"o$(ent an the Iouse of Representati&es Co((ittee
on O&erseas 6or*ers A.airs' sha""' %ithin si=t$ (C2) a$s after the e.e#ti&it$ of this A#t' for(u"ate
the ne#essar$ ru"es an re!u"ations for its e.e#ti&e i(p"e(entation.
SEC. 30. REPEALIN> CLAHSE. - A"" "a%s' e#rees' e=e#uti&e orers' ru"es an re!u"ations'
or parts thereof in#onsistent %ith the pro&isions of this A#t are here-$ repea"e or (oi:e
a##orin!"$.
Se#tion 21. Repea"in! C"ause. - A"" "a%s' e#rees' e=e#uti&e orers' issuan#es' ru"es an
re!u"ations or parts thereof in#onsistent %ith the pro&isions of this A#t are here-$ repea"e or
(oi:e a##orin!"$.
SEC. 32. SEPARA?ILITB CLAHSE. - If' for an$ reason' an$ se#tion or pro&ision of this A#t is
he" un#onstitutiona" or in&a"i' the other se#tions or pro&isions hereof sha"" not -e a.e#te
there-$.
Se#tion 2F. Separa-i"it$ C"ause. - If' for an$ reason' (a$ portion of this A#t is e#"are
un#onstitutiona" or in&a"i' the sa(e sha"" not a.e#t the &a"iit$ of the other pro&isions not
a.e#te there-$.
SEC. 3;. EFFECTIKITB CLAHSE. - This A#t sha"" ta*e e.e#t after :fteen (08) a$s fro( its
pu-"i#ation in the O@#ia" >a)ette or in at "east t%o (2) nationa" ne%spapers of !enera"
#ir#u"ation %hi#he&er #o(es ear"ier.
Se#tion 27. E.e#ti&it$. - This A#t sha"" ta*e e.e#t :fteen (08) a$s after its pu-"i#ation in at "east
t%o (2) ne%spapers of !enera" #ir#u"ation.

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