National Reintegration Center for OFWs establish presence in Central Luzon

Date Posted: January 14th, 2015 07:13 AM

National Reintegration Center for OFWs establish presence in Central Luzon Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said OFWs Central and Northern Luzon will now find it convenient to transact official business with the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) after the DOLE agency in charge of the government’s National Reintegration Program for OFWs designated a regional coordinator to be based at the DOLE Regional Office No. 3 offices at the Regional Government Center in Maimpis, San Fernando, Pampanga. “In Central Luzon, the NRCO regional coordinator is Labor and Employment Officer Freya Palad. He is designated at the regional office’s Technical Support and Services Division. He can be reached through contact number (045) 455-1617. With him, we expect more OFWs to be served by the NRCO in Central Luzon,” said Regional Director Ana Dione in a report to Baldoz. “We are pleased to inform our OFWs that NCRO programs are now within your reach. Visit us soon,” she said, stating that OFWs need not travel and endure the perils of long traffic in Metro Manila anymore to avail the various programs and services of the NRCO. The NRCO is an attached agency of the DOLE institutionalized pursuant to Republic Act 10022 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. It provides mechanism for OFWs’ reintegration into Philippine society, serves as a promotion house for their local employment, and tap their skills and potentials for national development. The NRCO’s programs and services enable OFWs and their families to work with entrepreneurial mind-set, primarily through creation of awareness on the value of saving, and empower them to plan for investment, business, or local employment upon their return. The NRCO facilitates activities such as Small Business Management Training, Financial Awareness Seminar, and Livelihood Training for availing OFWs are some of the NRCO’s facilitative programs. The agency, headed by Director Chona Mantilla, also provides business start-up assistance to enterprises and access to livelihood assistance/financing to OFWs, especially those who were unsuccessful in their tenure abroad. The NRCO works closely with other DOLE agencies, such as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, and the Public Employment Service Offices or PESOs. In 2014, a total of P4.14 million for various livelihood and training was released to 414 displaced and distressed OFWs through the NRCO's livelihood assistance program. END/Borja and Palad



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