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Policy Forum

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Published by: Arianne A Zamora on Jun 23, 2012
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Policy Forum: Health for All OFWs
June 22, 2012. 3PMCPH Auditorium, UP ManilaPresentors:1.Former DOLE Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas2.Ms. Susan Ople, President, Blas Ople Policy Center3.Atty. Hans Leo Cacdac, Administrator, POEAPanel of Reactors:1.OWWA Deputy Administrator Josefino Torres2.Dr. Edgardo Gonzaga, Director IV, CHD IV-A DOH
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Mr. Gary Gaffud, Chief, Overseas Workers Program, Philippines health InsuranceCorporation4.Prof. Leonardo Estacio, Jr., Assoc Professor, Department of behavioral Science, CAS, UPManilaNotes on the Issues and Recommendations by the Presenters:Former Sec Patricia Torres
Mobilize government agencies (OWWA, PhilHealth, DFA) provide medical assistance forthe OFW
For PhilHealth to form counterpart agencies or partners overseas to provide service toOFWs
Portable PhilHealth payment
Upgrade medical Coverage
Online Consultation at Philippine Embassies
Research on common affliction among OFWs
Facility to compensate for the lack of support system of the OFW
On Filipinos as OFW: recognize our own WORTH/ what we bring to the host countries
Internship for MDs & CPH students overseas :D
For pre-deployment orientation seminar (PDOS): focus on mental and psychologicalaspect
Medical doctors as labor attachés
Train people at the embassy on how to better serve OFWs
Major issue for OFWs: alienation, culture shock lack of support systemMs. Susan Ople
No clear number/ data of OFWs
25-29 age group , largest age group of OFW
Lack of knowledge regarding occupational health
Develop women focused program since majority of OFWs are women
Increase in the number of unskilled workers (DH, service, etc) vs skilled (engineers,doctors, etc) Unskilled has less capacity to assert their rights (esp on health)
PDOS –use wellness bias
Embassy/ Consulate should do more to educate OFWs about Philhealth
Role of DOH under RA 10022Challenges faced by OFWs
HIV and STD

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