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DOLE readies elaborate contingency measures for displaced OFWs in ARMM

Cotabato City (29 November) -- Amidst uncertainty over the future of Filipino workers facing the possibility of losing their jobs abroad, the Department of Labor and Employment-ARMM is now readying contingencies that may help ease the impact of mass repatriation of overseas workers.

Labor Mediator/Arbiter Joseph Longno Jr., of DOLE-ARMM informed the local media during a press conference organized by the Regional Information Command Center in Cotabato City that the Department of Labor will conduct an area-based consultation in Davao City on December 17 to 22 this year to assess the impact of the global financial crisis on Filipino workers abroad.

It will be participated in by Region IX, Region 10, Region XI and Region XII and ARMM< The group is expected to define one by one the strategic measures prepared by each involved agencies, non-government organizations labor groups, chambers, OWWA, POEA and other stakeholders. The presentation of these areas will later serve as are input to the establishment of an elaborate National Contingency Plan, Longno said.

Initially, the consultation will start in the local level involving the different government agencies like DOLE, OWWA, POEA, DTI, the Regional Board of Investment ARMM, the private sectors like the labor groups and employers.

Aside from said contingency preparations, several in-place reintegration programs had also been readied for the returning overseas Filipino workers.

All these are geared to address the welfare of returning overseas Filipino workers who may be badly affected by the global financial crisis, Longno said. (CLC/RICC Cotabato City) [top]

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