In Region 9, DOLE-OWWA's first quarter livelihood programs create jobs for 14 former OFWs, while services result to 26,434 Sabah repatriates assisted

Date Posted: March 24th, 2014 12:43 AM
 

 

In Region 9, DOLE-OWWA's first quarter livelihood programs create jobs for 14 former OFWs, while services result to 26,434 Sabah repatriates assisted Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday cited the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Office No. 9 headed by Director Hassan Gabra Jumdain for ensuring that the government's programs and services for OFWs and former OFWs are felt in the region despite many challenges. "The OWWA in Region 9 is providing our returning OFWs the assistance that they deserve, proof positive that when we put our hearts in what we do, we make impact," said Baldoz. The labor and employment secretary said this after receiving the report of Director Jumdain showing that from January to 15 March 2014, the OWWA regional office facilitated the application for livelihood assistance of three former OFWs for which the National Reintegration Center for OFWs funded to the amount of P30,000. Jumdain also reported that the regional office helped sustain and maintain the small businesses of nine entrepreneurs who are former OFWs funded by the Landbank of the Philippines in the amount of P10.1 million under the P2 billion National Reintegration Program. In addition, the OWWA endorsed to the Landbank 75 more projects which are currently in the pipeline. Two more OFWs benefited in the amount of P19,618.85 for two livelihood projects under the OWWA's Enhanced Livelihood Assistance Program, or ELAP, bringing the total number of jobs created and sustained during the three-month period to 14. During the first three months of the year, Jumdain said the OWWA assisted 26,434 OFWs repatriated from Sabah. "They were temporarily housed at the One-Stop Shop Processing Centers (OSPCs) in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi and in Zamboanga City. We trained 174 of them and oriented 2,731 others on the legal processes of overseas employment," he reported. The OWWA has been conducting Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar, or PDOS, and the Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program, or CPDEP, a language and culture familiarization for Middle East-bound workers twice a week since January. A total of 814 OFWs have attended these two orientation seminars. During the first three months, the regional office also paid P185,815 for the education of its 20 scholars under the SESP and P150,000 for 15 scholars under the ODSP. END



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