The Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Coordinating Committee 1 has converged its services to ensure that complete assistance will be provided to Overseas Filipino Workers from Libya and other strife-torn countries.

DOLE 1 Director and DOLE-RCC Chair Henry John Jalbuena yesterday called upon the members of the body, including the Department of Foreign Affairs Region 1 Consular Office, to determine the extent of services already afforded to returning Libya repatriates.

“The DOLE and its attached agencies are offering respective interventions which can address the diverse needs of affected OFWs,” Jalbuena said, adding that the efforts are done along the Aquino administration’s policy of expanded protection to OFWs and their families.

The DOLE-RCC 1 Chair said that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is providing P10,000 cash relief assistance to alleviate the effects of dislocation.

On top of the CRA, the OWWA also offers livelihood assistance for those who might want to venture into business undertaking and stay in the country. Libreng Tawag 24/7 is also available in its office to connect the OFWs and their families.  Stress debriefing is also provided to the OFWs to help them recover from the traumatic experience brought by the uprising in Libya.

For those with problems pertaining to their recruitment agencies or employment, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and National Labor Relations Commission have put up Legal Assistance Desks, in addition to skills profiling.

The Professional regulation Commission is ready to facilitate the issuance of certificate of professional documents and certificate of good standing in lieu of professional license for employment purposes.

Skills upgrading/retooling, assessment and certification and blue desk services for blue collar jobs are made available by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

For its part, the DOLE-RO1 likewise offers livelihood assistance under its Integrated Livelihood Program.  Together with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, it provides employment facilitation services through the PhilJobnet, Skills Registry System and Special Program for the Employment of Students for the qualified children of affected OFWs.

Though not a member of the committee, the Department of Foreign Affairs Region 1 Consular Office has set up a Special Lane for repatriated workers from Libya holding travel documents.

“I have instructed the OWWA to conduct home visits to the affected OFWs to facilitate the provision of interventions to them,” Jalbuena said. asv

Last Updated on March 10, 2022 by lopezhn