Department of Migrant Workers

Philippines to launch digital hub for migration data, global analysis
Philippines to launch digital hub for migration data, global analysis

TURNOVER. The International Organization for Migration turns over computer and electronic equipment to the Department of Migrant Workers on October 18, 2022. The equipment aims to allow the DMW to monitor the situation of OFWs in different parts of the world.

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'That will be the nerve center of policy,' says Department of Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ new Department for Migrant Workers (DMW) is set to launch a new digital command center that can give them a “helicopter view” of world events and help in better assisting Filipinos overseas.

DMW Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople received on Tuesday, October 18, the International Organization on Migration (IOM)’s donation of computers and electronic equipment for this database of migration data and analyses.

The department intends to have the command center operational by the end of November.

According to Ople, the command center, unlike the One Repatriation Command Center (ORCC), will not provide immediate assistance to distressed OFWs. The IOM-supported initiative will instead give the DMW a comprehensive look at global affairs.

“That will be the nerve center of policy – critical analysis of world events, tracking and monitoring of our migrant workers, and even climate change and looking at how these are affecting our workers overseas,” she added.

The IOM has long supported research and projects exploring the relationship between migration and climate change.

In a 2021 report, the IOM identified migration as a strategy adopted by vulnerable communities in the Philippines to cope with the climate emergency. The organization also noted that permanent migrants play an important role in providing humanitarian assistance to Filipinos affected by natural calamities, as in the case of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). – Yana Uy/

Yana Uy is a Rappler intern studying in the University of the Philippines Diliman. This article was done under the supervision of Rappler staff and her copy was vetted by editors.

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