IOM and BP2MI to train 160 instructors on the updated pre-departure orientation for migrant workers modules
The training of trainers in Surabaya on 30 & 31 August 2022 marks the kick-off of IOM’s collaboration with the Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Board (BP2MI) in piloting the Revised Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) Modules 2022 to 160 PDO Instructors.
To support the Government of Indonesia’s attempt in reopening placement channels for migrant workers to destination countries, IOM works with BP2MI toward enhancing the effectiveness of PDO delivery through updating of the PDO modules. Recognizing the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 pandemic on all aspects of life, especially on health, socio- economy and mobility, and the exacerbated vulnerabilities of migrant workers in this crisis situation, the Revised PDO Modules 2022 is integrated with significant additions on the COVID-19 prevention and mitigation measures, and other important topics that are relevant to the recent needs among migrant workers, such as prevention of violent extremism abroad, information on reproductive rights and other health risks for migrant workers, and financial literacy.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Ahnas S.Ag., M.Si., the Head of the Human Resources Development Unit (PPSDM) of BP2MI underlines the importance of pre-departure orientation programme as a tool to strengthen the protection of Indonesian migrant workers prior to departing, during employment and upon return, as mandated by the Law No. 18 Year 2017. Effective delivery of PDO session would contribute to enhancing workers’ understanding on their rights and obligations as well as potential challenges they may face while working overseas, thus would prepare their mental readiness and help easing their transition into the country of destination. He emphasized on the role of PDO Instructors and encouraged the participants to keep abreast on relevant policy changes both in Indonesia as well as country of destination, and to be agile and creative in adapting media and technology to create an interactive and informative PDO session.
Sebastien Reclaru, Programme Manager of IOM highlighted that along with opportunities migration may offer, the complexities of procedures, problems, and involved actors necessitates proper management. PDO is essential to prepare for migrant workers readiness, thus, the consistency in quality of content and delivery and a structured orientation programme should be ensured. IOM has supported the development of the previous PDO modules in 2014 and is honoured to be partnering once again with BP2MI to reinvigorate the provision of information and migration services to prospective Indonesian migrant workers through this collaboration.
The series of TOTs will be delivered in the provinces, East Java, Central Java and North Sumatera. IOM and BP2MI will also co-organize online TOT sessions for PDO instructors from various regions in Indonesia. The activity is part IOM’s COVID-19 response and recovery program, “Empowering Migrant Worker Households and Strengthening Capacities at Points of Entry in Indonesia (PMPMI)” funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
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