Ms. Anna Rostocka (left), Head of the Warsaw office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Philippine ambassador to Poland Ms. Patricia Ann V. Paez (right) agreed on joint activities for the benefit of OFWs in Poland during their meeting today at the Embassy


Philippine Ambassador to Poland Ms. Patricia Ann V. Paez and IOM Warsaw Office Head Ms. Anna Rostocka today agreed to work together in ensuring the ethical recruitment of OFWs for the Polish labor market.

The Embassy and the IOM will hold two seminars this September for OFWs in Poland on these topics: “Cultural Orientation for Newly-Arrived Migrant Workers” and “Rights and Obligations of OFWs in Poland.”

IOM-Warsaw will provide the speakers/resource persons for the seminars which will be held on two Sundays during the regular “pulong bayan” or community meeting at the Embassy.

Ms. Rostocka also informed Amb. Paez about IRIS (International Recruitment Integrated Standards) which is a tool to verify recruitment channels and to promote ethical international labor recruitment standards. Its website is

The Embassy’s joint project with the Embassy for the benefit of the OFWs is most timely due to the increasing demand for Filipino workers in Poland.

In a recent meeting between Embassy officials and officials of the Polish Ministry of Family, Labour and Social policy, the latter conveyed the preference for Filipino workers to fill Poland’s labor shortage in the IT, construction, and nursing sectors.

The Embassy and this Ministry are presently working on the drafts of the envisioned Philippine-Poland bilateral agreements on labor cooperation and social security to protect and promote the welfare of OFWs in Poland.

A 21-person delegation from the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI) - an umbrella organization of Philippine recruitment agencies - visited Warsaw last 12 June and had business-to-business meetings at the Embassy. with potential Polish employers which represent various industry sectors.

The Embassy’s Cultural and Gender and Development (GAD) officer Ms. Imelda de Joya also participated in today’s meeting with the IOM. (END)