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13 April 2011

DOLE offers Jobs, Services, Livelihood for OFWs on Labor Day

Department of Labor and Employment (Philippines)
An April 13, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Labor and Employment
As a way of paying tribute to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on Labor Day, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is saving a spot for them at the nationwide Job and Livelihood Fair 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 the repatriated workers 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, as 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 on their families.
“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.
Baldoz expressed confidence with DOLE’s assistance for OFWs on Labor Day as preparations have been all out in the regions since last month. In Central Luzon, 348 repatriates from strife-torn Libya have already been counted to join the job fair.
More OFW attendees are expected to troop at the DOLE-identified venues across the country on May 1.