The Committee on Migration and Development (CMD) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) conducted a technical group workshop on April 14 to 15 in Hotel Villa Angelina, Legazpi City, to identify issues and concerns on database development, pre-departure needs, investment opportunities, and advocacy and to draft action plans to address them. Mr. Donald James D. Gawe of NEDA Region IVA was invited to share the best practices of CALABARZON on mainstreaming M&D issues on local development plans.
It was attended by 49 participants from regional line agencies (DILG, DOH, DOJ, DOLE, DSWD, DTI, NEDA, NRCO, OWWA, PIA, POEA, POPCOM, PSA, NYC, and TESDA), OFW organizations, local government units, PESO managers, and non-government organizations.
The workshop highlighted the need to establish centers for migration in each local government unit to provide overseas Filipino workers and their families the relevant information, resources, and services from pre-departure to reintegration.
Workshop outputs will be presented to the CMD for adoption and disposition. A regional stakeholders forum will also be conducted to generate aspirations of overseas Filipinos and their families in the context of M&D and the Migrant Workers Act as inputs in mainstreaming M&D in the successor regional development plan.