DSWD to deploy social welfare attachés in Hong Kong and South Korea this year

January 6, 2014 11:11 am 

MANILA, Jan. 5 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to deploy social welfare attaches to Hong Kong and South Korea in 2014.

DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said over the weekend that two additional social welfare attachés will work with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to provide social service to overseas Filipinos in Hong Kong and South Korea this year.

”Their roles is to give stress debriefing and coordinate with various organization to respond among documented and undocumented Filipino women who may be possible victims of abuse or human trafficking,” Soliman explained.

Soliman cited that as part of efforts against human trafficking, the DSWD is also deploying social welfare attachés, together with OWWA, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Middle East to provide assistance and protect Filipinos against human trafficking.

For 2013, Soliman said about 916 victims were served through the provision of financial assistance and livelihood training in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Soliman added that social workers conduct stress debriefing sessions to victims to help them cope from the trauma and reintegrate them towards normalcy.

She said financial assistance is also provided while victims are awaiting employment or undergoing training.

They are also given referrals to employers and business partners, auxiliary services such as board and lodging, documentation and other incidental expenses.

As of November 2013, Soliman added that about 3,513 displaced Filipinos were provided with e-passports to allow them to continue working in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia.

“The e-passports issued to them will give them the assurance that they will not be imprisoned for they are already holding legal documents to work there,” she said.

In March 2013, around 21,186 were recorded displaced in Lahad Datu, Sabah who sought the assistance of the DSWD and other government agencies.

The DSWD in cooperation with other concerned agencies, provided food and non-food items and assisted in the legal documentation or provision of e-passports to legalize the working conditions of displaced Filipino workers.(PNA) LAM/LSJ and PCF (OJT)

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