The Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) is a mandatory program which workers must attend before being given clearance to leave the Philippines to work overseas. You need to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar before you are given clearance to leave the Philippines.
PDOS for workers is conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and is facilitated by personnel with first-hand experience of the destination countries.
Taking PDOS is mandatory to minimize the risk to workers, especially those who are leaving the Philippines for the first time to work abroad.
Each country has its own rules and regulations governing foreign workers, and PDOS makes sure that workers leave the Philippines armed with the basic knowledge to succeed in their new work environments.
Topics discussed during PDOS include a basic overview of labour laws, knowing their rights as foreign workers, understanding local culture and customs, best financial practices to make the most out of their employment overseas and how to request for assistance from Philippine Embassies and Consulates when they need to do so.
Workers of every skill level and job description must take the PDOS in order to receive clearance to leave the Philippines to work abroad.
If you are working with a placement or recruitment agency, make sure that they schedule you for PDOS to avoid any delay in your deployment.For more information about PDOS for workers, contact OWWA directly at 551-1560 or 551-6641.
For more information about PDOS for immigrants, please click here.
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