Various government agencies have signed a Joint Memorandum Circular strengthening the process of medical repatriation for documented and undocumented Filipinos overseas.
The circular aims to put into place an "integrated system and process flow on medical repatriation" to ensure a timely and well-coordinated delivery of assistance to OFWs in need, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.
In a statement Wednesday, Bello said the joint agreement will allow the concerned government agencies to define their "roles and responsibilities in medical repatriation."
It will also allow them to harmonize their processes with other government agencies and their branches in addition to creating a "standard reporting and monitoring system."
Under the circular, DOLE, through Philippine Overseas Labor Offices and other partner agencies, will facilitate and coordinate medical repatriations.
Medical repatriations entail coordination with the OFW's next-of-kin regarding their medical condition; securing of medical clearances, certificate of fitness to travel, and medical reports; and providing transport assistance from host country to the Philippines.
“With our one country approach as our guidepost, we can now better address the issue of medical repatriation, which has demanded due attention from the government in the last few years,” Bello said.
Government agencies that signed to the circular include the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Manila International Airport Authority, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News