Jobs, services, livelihood for OFWs all set on Labor Day

April 14, 2011 12:55 am 

MANILA, April 13 — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is saving a spot for displaced overseas Filipino workers at the nationwide Job and Livelihood Fair on Labor Day by offering them overseas jobs, employment services, and livelihood opportunities.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said that the Job and Livelihood Fair is open to OFWs, especially those repatriated from the Middle East and North Africa.

“As one of the centerpiece events of the Labor Day celebration, the Job and Livelihood Fair welcomes everyone, including OFWs and their families, to avail of the varied opportunities offered,” she said.

“The DOLE is setting up an all-inclusive event on May 1 by offering an array of employment services and livelihood opportunities not only to local workers but also to distressed OFWs,” Baldoz added.

She stressed that the Job and Livelihood Fair is one venue for DOLE to extend its reintegration program which seeks to assist OFW repatriates so as to mitigate the socio-economic effects of their dislocation.

“We have allotted a designated registration lane for OFW applicants on the nationwide Job and Livelihood Fair on May 1. They just have to bring their ID or any proof of their employment abroad upon registration,” the labor chief explained.

Aside from job opportunities, the DOLE NCR and Regional Offices, in coordination with Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will render free livelihood counseling to OFWS who opt to stay in the country and venture into business and enterprising projects and opportunities.

Likewise, the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NCRO) will also set up a free counseling and advisory services booth for all OFW repatriates. (PNA)

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