Charge d’Affaires Maria Elena Algabre, POLO Labor Attaché Reyes and Ms. Romero, OWWA Welfare Officer Aguilar, and SSS London Head Ms. Venturanza, together with some webinar participants and Embassy representatives
1 May 2021 – To better inform and equip overseas Filipino workers in Norway and Iceland about their rights and benefits under Philippine law, the Philippine Embassy in Norway, in cooperation with the Philippine Labor Office (POLO) in London, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in London, and the Social Security System (SSS) in London, conducted a webinar on the “Philippine Government's Services and Social Protection Programs for Filipino Migrant Workers”. The webinar was also held to commemorate Philippine Labor Day which is annually celebrated on the 1st of May.
The resource persons included POLO’s Labour Attaché Amuerfina Reyes and Administrative Staff Karen Romero, OWWA’s Welfare Officer Sheila Mae Aguilar, SSS POLO London Head Thelma Venturanza, and representatives from the Philippine Embassy.
During the webinar, POLO, OWWA, and SSS representatives ably and extensively explained the programs and services of their respective offices for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), including the assistance that they extend for OFWs especially during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some benefits which may be extended to overseas Filipinos who are not migrant workers, such as permanent residents and dual citizens, were also explained.
For the open forum, the Embassy, and the POLO, OWWA, and SSS representatives answered the questions of the participants, including on the process of how their employment contracts may be verified by POLO or acknowledged by the Embassy; the benefits of OWWA members such as access to transport services and quarantine facilities for members who are returning to the Philippines at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic; and applicability of certain SSS benefits for Filipinos who are not considered as overseas workers.
In order for more Filipinos in Norway and Iceland to be informed about the programs and services of POLO, OWWA, SSS, and the Embassy, a recorded copy of the webinar has been posted on the Embassy’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PHinNorway/videos/237676864823882
The Philippine Embassy may also be reached on Facebook, and through email: firstname.lastname@example.org, office phone (+47) 224 00 900 (1400H to 1700H, Mondays to Fridays except declared Philippine and Norwegian holidays) and mobile phone (+47) 950 01 072 (for consular concerns outside of office hours). End