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PIA Press Release
2010/01/15

DOLE searches for whereabouts of 2 OFW livelihood program beneficiaries

Tacloban City (January 15) -- The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 8 is currently searching for the whereabouts of two Overseas Filipino Workers regarding their approved application for DOLE’s Kabuhayan Starter Kit Project.

DOLE 8 Regional Director Forter G. Puguon identified the two OFWs as Josephine Patrolla and Rizza Galarze. He called on them and those who know their whereabouts to please call on any DOLE office or to see DOLE regarding their starter kit application.

Director Puguon also called on the tri-media to help DOLE in locating the two said OFWs.

Director Puguon intimated that as per advisory from Deputy Administrator Teresuta Manzala of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs, the two are among the recently qualified recipients of DOLE fund assistance for their proposal for a livelihood project on piggery and sari-sari store.

However, the two OFWs were not able to indicate their addresses and contact numbers in their application and proposal.

This, Director Puguon said will not deter DOLE from extending help and exhausting all efforts to locate the two OFWs.

PIA 8 made some researches and found out that the two OFWs were among the 119 distressed overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia, who no less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo brought home with her to the Philippines on September 23, after seeking the intercession of the king of Saudi Arabia.

Many of the workers are among the hundreds of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who have escaped from their employers due to undesirable working conditions like the non-payment of salary, lack of basic provisions, and physical abuse and even sexual abuse.

PIA 8 also learned of a certain Josephine Patrolla belong to Section 21 of the Holy Angel University High School, Batch 1982, in Mabalacat, Pampanga. (PIA 8) [top]

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