The Department of Labor and Employment is asking the Bicameral Conference Committee to add Php 1.1 billion in the agency’s budget for 2018.
According to DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello III, this is due to their preparations for the possible repatriation and reintegration of Overseas Filipino Workers in Qatar, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.
The Labor official estimated that Php 850 million will be needed for the repatriation of OFWs due to the worsening situation in the said countries. Meanwhile, Php 200-300 million will be needed for the reintegration and economic assistance of the returning OFWs.
Bello said that senators reacted positively on his request for additional funds.