In the Philippine Embassy’s bid to extend its services to the Filipino community in Singapore and to strengthen its relationship with partner agencies and stakeholders, the 2nd Post Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS) for 2018 was conducted together with the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO), and in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI), at the Agape Village, 7A Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319264 last June 10.
The said event had gathered around 250 Filipino Household Service Workers (HSWs) representing various POLO-accredited agencies. The seminar featured keynote speakers who shared relevant information on how the HSWs can achieve pleasant living and working conditions in Singapore.
Embassy Conducts 2nd PAOS for HSWs in Singapore
Ambassador Joseph Del Mar Yap led the Embassy officials along with the representatives from affiliated agencies in reminding members of the Filipino community to become law-abiding residents of Singapore.
The Philippine Embassy and POLO prepared a joint orientation program to educate HSWs of the Embassy’s consular, labour and welfare, trade, assistance to nationals, OWWA, Pag-Ibig, and SSS services.
The event was backed by the Philippine Embassy’s institutional partners which include the Philippine National Bank, Metro Remittance Singapore Pte. Ltd, BDO Singapore, LBC Express, Afreight Cargo Pte. Ltd, and PLDT Singapore.
According to a 2008-2012 statistical report by the POEA, there have been over 170,000 land-based OFWs working in Singapore with a significant majority of them working as household service workers (HSWs).
The PAOS is a biannual event organized by Philippine Embassies under the direction and support of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in various countries where OFWs are being deployed to help acclimate our kababayan, especially the new hires to the living and work culture of the people they get to work and live with all throughout their stay overseas.