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Former undocumented OFWs obtain livelihood from the DOLE-RO I

The Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I has rolled out its first wave of assistance for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) early this year with P110 thousand worth of livelihood grants. 

For a start, ten repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) received P10 thousand start-up kit under the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)’s Livelihood Development Assistance Program (LDAP) for their individual sari-sari store business.  The beneficiaries were required to submit their respective business proposals. Aside from their proposals, they are required to complete the Small Business Management Training and Financial Awareness Seminar to prepare them in managing a small business enterprise. 

The beneficiaries are from Lidlidda, Salcedo and Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur; Dagupan City, Mapandan, Mangaldan and San Jacinto, Pangasinan; and Tubao and San Gabriel, La Union.  Another OFW from San Manuel, Pangasinan will receive the same assistance on January 12, bringing the total assistance to P110 thousand. 

An undocumented OFW is defined as one who: acquired passport through fraud or misrepresentation; possesses expired visa or permits to stay; has no travel documents whatsoever; has valid but inappropriate visa; or whose employment contract was not processed by the POEA or subsequently verified and registered on-site by POLO, if required by law or regulation. 

Lany Balikid, thirty-eight-year-old resident of Lidlidda, Ilocos Sur, has just gone through a series of misfortunes and distressful experiences in Lebanon from May to June 2017. For reasons she did not understand, she was transferred to different employers, sometimes given her salary, but mostly not.  

For her part, Maricel Borrico, thirty-four-year-old single parent from Salcedo, Ilocos Sur, experienced inhumane working conditions under her employers where she worked as domestic household helper from January to February 2017.  She narrated that she was either given only bread or not given food at all, in spite of her rigorous tasks.  

Both OFWs sought shelter under the POLO Lebanon’s Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Resource Center where they both underwent psycho-social counseling and received other appropriate assistance. 

“We will continue to provide interventions to our OFWs to ensure that the socio-cultural implications of migration will be mitigated,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said. 

 

He said the LDAP is in keeping with the present administration’s goal of ensuring that OFWs find more productive employment at home and that if they work abroad, it will be as a choice and not a necessity.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

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2018-01-11
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