The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration continues to prepare scholarship and livelihood programs for returning Overseas Filipino Workers, particularly for those returning from Kuwait.
This was confirmed by OWWA Administration Hans Cacdac during DZRH’s One On One following the decision of the Department of Labor and Employment to stop processing overseas employment certificates for OFWs going to Kuwait
The ban was imposed after President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that he is considering a total deployment ban in Kuwait due to the numerous cases of Filipino workers dying in the foreign country.
“Patuloy yung ating pagkakaroon ng mga scholarship at livelihood program para sa mga nanunumbalik na Pilipino, lalo na ito yung mga bagong ka-uuwi mula Kuwait.” Cacdac explained.
Meanwhile, Cacdac also clarified that the reported job fairs for OFWs in the Middle East is still in its planning stages, and they are still meeting with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
“Pinaplano pa lang ito.” Cacdac said. “Nakikipag-ugnayan ang OWWA sa DOLE, kay Sec. Bello, at sa mga employers.”
Previously, Bello announced that DOLE will be having week-long job fairs to help OFWs who recently lost their jobs, and that about 18,000 local jobs will be offered.
The Labor official also expects that OFWs will choose to have local jobs, even if their salary will be Php 5,000 less, since they will be near their families.
Based on records of DOLE, there are 250,000 OFWs in Qatar alone, and that about 6,000 lost their jobs due to the closing of their firms.