SM Global Pinoy Centers bring OEC services closer to OFWs Wednesday, July 25, 2012
SOON, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will no longer need to go to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or transfer from one government agency to another for they will be able to process their Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) in select SM Global Pinoy Centers (GPCs).
In a recent memorandum of undertaking (MOU) of a joint venture between SM Supermalls, POEA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), a Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center will be established in 28 SM malls in order for returning OFWs to have easy access to government clearances and permits. The MOU includes OEC processing at the SM Global Pinoy Centers. The event coincided with the celebration of Migrant Worker's Day.
Glenn Ang, SM vice president for operations and program director of the SM Global Pinoy Program, said: "This joint undertaking with POEA and OWWA is a milestone not only for SM Global Pinoy Center but for all OFWs. The POEA realized they needed to improve their services and they should have a partner to support their advocacy for OFWs to have an easy access to OEC processing. They found a partner in SM Supermalls. The OEC processing service will soon be made available for OFWs at SM Global Pinoy Centers in SM malls nationwide. This is the first that this service is brought outside the POEA through SM's Global Pinoy Center."
To date, 28 SM Supermalls have SM Global Pinoy enters offering free Internet services, free mobile-phone charging, free voice calls, BDO Remittance pick-up services and foreign-exchange services by the SM Department Store and even free refreshments. SM also has a Global Pinoy Counter at the OFW lounge at the NAIA Terminal 1.
To become an SM Global Pinoy, simply show proof of remittance and pay P150 to avail oneself of the SM Global Pinoy Card which is valid for two years. Photo shows (from left) OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon, POEA