Here are some government directories you might find useful. They contain relevant, up-to-date information regarding overseas employment policies, working conditions, laws, and other issues related to working abroad.

Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) -The Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics is committed to provide statistical information and services on labor and employment to meet the needs and expectations of its clients and to continually improve its Quality Management System. In this site you can find statistics and studies on Philippine employment.

Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) -The Bureau of Labor Relations formulates regulatory and developmental policies, standards, guidelines and programs on the promotion of the right to organize, including collective bargaining and improvement of the incomes and workers and their organizations. This site contains updates and discussions regarding the Labor Code, descriptions of labor and management programs being offered, etc.

Department of Foreign Affairs -A useful site to visit for questions regarding passports and visa information

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) -DOLE aims to promote gainful employment opportunities, develop human resources, protect workers and promote their welfare, and maintain industrial peace. This site contains information regarding employment-related concerns such as workers’ rights and welfare, labor legislation, wage income policy, etc.

Kabayanihan - Your One-Stop OFW Information Center -The Kabayanihan Program is an integration of the welfare and social program packages presently offered by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Welfare Administration OWWA), Social Security System (SSS), Pag-ibig Fund/HMDF and the Local Government Units (LGUs) to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families.

Migrants Advisory Information System -Contains country profiles useful to prospective migrants

National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) -The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) is a quasi-judicial body which plays a vital role in the government's program of promoting and maintaining industrial peace through the speedy dispensation of labor justice and development of an effective dispute settlement machinery. The site contains updates on labor-related cases, termination disputes, and other issues regarding employer-employee relations.

National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) -The NWPC, as a key policy making body on wages, income, and productivity, have the following mandates: fix minimum wages on regional, provincial, and/or industry levels; and promote productivity improvement and gainsharing. This site contains updates regarding wage disputes and public awareness campaigns.

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) -The agency has a two-fold mandate: to provide welfare assistance to registered overseas workers and their dependents and to ensure the viability of the Fund. This site contains useful information on overseas workers’ benefits, security, career development, etc. Also available are services and programs dedicated to the well-being of overseas workers.

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) -The PIA aims to provide people with adequate information which will help them make better decisions and identify opportunities that could improve their quality of life. The goal is to create an enlightened citizenry who can participate meaningfully in democratic processes, understand, discuss, and vote on vital issues propelling the nation toward lasting peace and development. This site contains data about the agency’s programs, new policies, and useful information not just for workers but Filipinos as a whole.

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
-The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA is the government agency, which is responsible for optimizing the benefits of the country’s overseas employment program. The site contains advisories regarding overseas employment, information and updates on pre-employment services, welfare, licensing, and other issues relevant to Filipino workers abroad.

Philippine Overseas Labor Office -Functions:

1. Act as the operating arm of DOLE in their respective geographical areas for the administration and enforcement of duly adopted policies and program of the Department in international labor affairs;
2. Promote and protect the general welfare of Filipino workers abroad;
3. Act as representative abroad of the POEA, upon request, to serve as marketing agents of the DOLE with the authority to enter into contracts with foreign employers as established in the negotiating rules of the POEA;
4. Promote understanding and support between the host government and the Philippines and between Filipino workers and management in the country assigned, through, among others, information dissemination concerning Philippine policies and programs on labor and employment;
5. Assist Filipino Workers in the preparation of contracts and all documents relating to employment, to certify or attest the same, and whenever authorized, to collect fees there for, design model contracts of employment suitable to their areas of assignment;
6. Assist in implementing the foreign exchange remittance program of the government from OFWs to their respective families/beneficiaries in the Philippines;
7. Keep the DOLE informed on significant development in the field of labor, including political, cultural, social, and economic aspects and policy innovations that may be relevant to Philippine labor needs;
8. Assist the diplomatic mission or consular mission abroad towards achieving and maintaining cordial relationship and goodwill between the Philippines and the host country;
9. Submit regular as well as special reports;
10. Perform other functions as may be provided by law or assigned by the SECRETARY.

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