All OFWs are mandated by Philippine laws to be members of the
"With all these mandatory fees that we have to shoulder monthly, it's as if we are being mugged by our own government. We believe these services, especially health services, should be given to the public for free just like in other countries," said
The group also questioned a recent decision by Pag-Ibig to stop collecting fees at the Philippine labour office beginning
Instead, Pag-Ibig members can only pay their contributions through authorised remittance centres in the
The decision became even more controversial because Filipinos who travel to
"We wanted to reach as many Filipinos as we can and enable them to make their contributions from wherever they are through the centres. Also, we wanted to change the mindset of Filipinos because they only think about saving through Pag-Ibig when they're going for their annual vacation," Recto said.
"But I will inform our head office in
At the moment, Recto said they issued a grace period until April this year to issue exit clearances to Filipinos at the labour office even without proof of payment from Pag-Ibig.
During the forum, Philippine Social Security System Representative (SSS)
At the end of the forum, the group proposed for all three government agencies — Pag-Ibig, PhilHealth, and SSS — to merge since their services and benefits duplicate each other unnecessarily.
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