Displaced OFWs From Libya ready for Redeployment

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An April 6, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Labor and Employment
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were displaced from strife-torn Libya have expressed interest to be re-deployed as recruitment agencies reported to the DOLE that they are processing 882 more OFWs.
“This brings to 1,671 the number of OFWs who have expressed their interest to work again in other countries other than Libya,” Baldoz said.
Citing a report from the DOLE’s Task Force Middle East, Baldoz said that the number included some OFWs who are preparing for re-deployment to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar,  Algeria, and Papua New Guinea. The Task Force last week reported that 789 OFWs from Libya have been lined up for work in Kuwait, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Algeria.
According to the Task Force, the latest batch of OFWs to be re-deployed includes 146 OFWs hired by Oasia Global Resources, 16 of whom are being processed for transfer to Papua New Guinea.
The biggest number of workers is 662 who are to be re-deployed by Asia Construction and Development Corporation to Angola (600 OFWs), Madagascar (28), and South Africa (34).
Baldoz said that the foreign principals are retaining the OFWs, an indication that foreign employers continue to prefer OFWs who are noted for their skills, industry, dependability, flexibility, resourcefulness, and positive disposition.
One the foreign principals will come to the Philippines by the third week of April to re-assign to its job sites in other countries OFWs it hired in Libya through the Omanfil International.  Most of the OFWs to be re-assigned are engineers engaged in construction work.
“Majority OFWs in Libya are skilled technical people and professionals whose expertise is highly in demand abroad,” Baldoz said adding that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and concerned local recruitment agencies (LRAs) are prepared to assist their re-deployment if they still want to work overseas.
The labor and employment chief said that other OFWs who were repatriated from Libya will receive job search assistance from the National Reintegration Center for OFWs.
“In fact, we have submitted their profiles to local companies such as AG&P, Jardine Engineering Corporation, and to the Federated Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FFCCII) whose members have expressed desire to help the OFWs find local employment,” Baldoz said.
“The DOLE has also partnered with the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, FFCCCI, Philippine Retailers Association, and the EDSA People Power Commission which are mounting a job and livelihood fair for OFWs repatriated from Libya,” she added.
OFWs in Libya consist of skilled workers and professionals in the construction industry. Others are engaged in IT services, hotels and restaurant business, and teaching.