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DMW Receives Digital Society Award at Singapore’s Festival of Innovation

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MWO-Singapore Assistant Labor Attache and Officer-in-Charge Atty. Eduard C. Ferrer (left) with GovInsider Executive Director Adrian Sng and Engr. Gil Orense of the Office of the Secretary, DMW.

(01 April 2024, Singapore) The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), the Philippine government agency responsible for the protection of the rights and promotion of the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), was awarded the Digital Society Award by GovInsider during the Festival of Innovation held on 26 March 2024 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Singapore.

Organized annually by GovInsider, the Festival of Innovation gathers stakeholders in the government and public sectors to promote valuable innovations that have potential impact in shaping the future of delivering public services. GovInsider is a Singapore-based organization which is committed to fostering innovative ideas through cross-border and cross-sector collaboration to assist public servants across the Asia Pacific region.

Accepting the Digital Society Award on behalf of the DMW were Atty. Eduard C. Ferrer, Officer-In-Charge and Assistant Labor Attache of the Migrant Workers Office (MWO)-Singapore,  and Engr. Gil Orense of the Office of the Secretary, DMW.

The DMW was selected from among the more than ninety (90) nominees for the said award, in recognition of its outstanding contributions to advancing innovation and digital transformation, significantly enhancing its services to its clients, particularly OFWs. The Digital Society Award recognition underscores DMW’s ongoing commitment in enhancing operations in line with the mandate from Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.  to streamline the Department’s processes and implement automated services, ensuring the prompt delivery of its assistance to OFWs.

While in Singapore, Engr. Orense paid a courtesy call on Philippine Ambassador to Singapore, Mr. Medardo Macaraig, and took the occasion to share DMW’s digitalization programs. Ambassador Macaraig commended the ongoing efforts of the DMW to improve service delivery to OFWs, as recognized by various organizations and stakeholders. He also acknowledged DMW’s innovative measures and assured them of the full support of the Philippine Embassy in the realization of the DMW’s mandates.

(L-R) MWO-Singapore Assistant Labor Attache and OIC Atty. Eduard C. Ferrer, Mr. Gil Orense, Ambassador Medardo Macaraig and Consul Jhullie A. Beniahan, Head of Assistance-to-Nationals Section

In addition to the DMW, the following Philippine government agencies also received awards from GovInsider during the Festival of Innovation:

  • Chairperson Emilio B. Aquino of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who was honored with the Dare to Do Award;
  • Mr. Jules Carl R. Celebrado, Program Head of Brain and Mental Health R&D at DOST, was given a Special Mention for the Rising Digital Star Award; and
  • Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which received a special citation for the Agility Award. (END)
Representatives from the Philippine government agencies who received awards from GovInsider during the Festival of Innovation
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