Article 2016 OSPC October 1st issue
One-Stop Processing Center for OFWs Opens in Clark
A One-Stop Processing Center (OSPC) opened anew in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga at its interim site last September 16, 2016 to help fast-track government processes for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The opening of the OSPC was graced by Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.
“This is part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to provide convenience to our OFWs mostly working in the Middle East and other parts of the world,” Bello said.
The new facility located at the Clark Polytechnic Compound, is just a few kilometers from the Clark International Airport and hosts the following agencies: the Bureau of Immigration, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG Fund, Philippine Statistics Authority, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Department of Labor and Employment, Professional Regulation Commission, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Social Security System, Maritime Industry Authority, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Bayad Center as well as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
With TESDA included in the offices inside the OSPC, the Authority could immediately provide the following services to our OFWs:
1.Assistance in general inquiries and concerns about Assessment and Certification;
2.Referral to training and competency assessment; and
3.Certification, Authentication and Verification of Documents
The project aims to have all OFW requirements and processes in one facility, making their acquisition and completion more convenient for OFWs. This OSPC would particularly benefit those hailing from Northern and Central Luzon, and consequently, removing the need to travel to Manila. This in turn will make Clark International Airport more viable for these OFWs to utilize instead of NAIA.
Bello added that the opening of the new facility is timely as the Clark International Airport is being positioned as an alternative airport to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.