The Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office 1 instructed its field offices last week to effect measures to cushion the impact of Saudization to Overseas Filipino Workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who are from the region.


Through a memorandum issued on 1 July 2011, DOLE 1 Director Henry John Jalbuena directed  the immediate  mobilization of all Public Employment Service Offices  for the solicitation of vacancies with low skills requirements for effective job referral assistance to workers who might be affected. The said solicited vacancies shall be posted by the PESOs at the system for easy access and efficiency of locating vacancies in communities.


“As  earlier  announced  by  Labor Chief Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, there will be very minimal  effect  of Saudization to our workers. But it is always safer to prepare, that is why I have ordered the implementation of safety nets for any eventualities,” Jalbuena said.


Jalbuena  said  he  has  also  instructed  all  those  concerned  to  coordinate  with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Department of Justice to ensure full assistance to all workers who might be affected.

All DOLE offices and its family of agencies will be ready to provide the following services, depending on the worker’s choice: 1. referral for overseas placement; 2. referral for local employment; 3. skills retooling/upgrading; and 4. Enterprise development.

“The OWWA is already conducting profiling of the identified workers as initial measure to facilitate the provision of necessary assistance to them, if in case,” Jalbuena said.  asv

Last Updated on March 10, 2022 by lopezhn