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PIA Press Release
2008/11/07

DOLE to hold Regional Service Caravan in celebration of 75th anniversary

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (7 November) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-CAR) will mark its 75th anniversary on December 8 with the theme "Celebration of Commitment to Service".

According to DOLE Regional Director Ana Dione, the DOLE in coordination with its attached agencies, Philippine Overseas and Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, will hold a Regional Service Caravan and NRCO Information Caravan on Overseas Filipino Workers Re-integration.

Dione said that with their service caravan they will be bringing down their services down to the barangays. They will have employment facilitations, like mini-jobs fair; developmental programs; skills registration and OFW mapping.

Explaining the NRCO Info Caravan, Dione said NRCO is a new unit of their department under the Office of the Secretary, to cater to the returning OFWs - on re-integrating them back into the community.

Dione also announced the schedule of the caravan in the different areas. Baguio City is divided into different districts and the caravan will be visiting Loakan Proper Barangay Hall, MRR Queen of Peace, Hillside covered court and Doņa Nicasia Puyat Elem School on November 6, 13, 19 and 28 respectively.

For Benguet,the Caravan will go to Tawang Brgy Hall in La Trinidad on Nov 28 and in Tublay Central barangay hall - with a tentative date of Dec. 11.

For Ifugao, the caravan will be at the Lagawe District Open Gym on Nov 7 and Alfonso Lista Municipal hall but no definite date yet. For Abra, the caravan will visit Bangued, Tayum, Bucay, Peņarubia and Pidigan, from Nov. 6 to 24. The caravan is set to visit Tabuk City and the municipality of Pinukpuk, and Bontoc and Sagada, Mountain Province. The dates will be announced soon.

TESDA-CAR Director Cenon Querubin informed that they will be bringing their scholarship and training programs into the service caravan. He also announced that TESDA has P14 Million worth of scholarships funds for the region or P2 Million per congressional district. He calls on the youth to start considering technical and vocational courses, as this will be their new hope for a better or brighter future.

Meantime, POEA CAR head Delfina Camarillo said they will be bringing their overseas employment programs to the service caravan as she also confirmed that many Filipinos are still going abroad, for employment and with OFWs from the US and Saudi Arabia, as the top sender of remittances.

OWWA Programs and Services chief, Evelyn Laranang explained that their services are for the welfare and protection of the OFWs and their family. They have three training programs namely: values orientation, financial literacy and entrepreneurship trainings. OWWA also gives educational scholarship programs - baccalaureate degrees and technical/vocational courses.

Laranang also announced that OWWA is already in the process of signing a MOA with all the provinces in Cordillera, regarding the creation of a Migrant Workers Desk, to bring their services closer to all the people in the region. (PIA) [top]

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