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DSWD: Jobs would stop Filipinos from going backdoor to Malaysia

Zamboanga City (15 March) -- Provision of jobs is still the key for our fellowmen to refrain from doing backdoor or illegal entry to Malaysia.

This was claimed by Ms Elizabeth Dy, Deportee Focal Person of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-IX).

She said most of the repatriates who had undergone skills and livelihood training workshops have remained in the country and successfully improved their lives and re-unified with their families and reintegrated with their respective communities.

To date, a total of more than 600 deportees in 2009 have acquired livelihood skills training as well as vocational trainings and landed on a job, thus giving them opportunity to earn and save for their families.

"This is made possible through the involvement of the various government line agencies who had offered services and assistance including the local government of the city", Dy said.

These assistance include trainings on carpentry, masonry, building wiring installation, welding and the like which is offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) under the PGMA scholarship program.

Short term skills training is also offered to include juice preparation packaging, fish and meat processing and the like. Others have enrolled in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) introduced by the Department of Education that evaluates and qualifies them to continue formal education in the secondary and tertiary levels.

Capital seed allowance under the DSWD-SEA-K project were provided and a Pangkabuhayan starter kits were also given in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

Other agencies who continue to extend assistance include the Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PHIC) and other government and non-government organizations.

Understanding the plight of the deportees, the DSWD in partnership with other line agencies continue to assist these clients by providing them various programs that would fit their capability to ensure a sustainable income for their families and the conduct of psychosocial activities for a harmonious relationship with their family members and in the community.

Meanwhile, Dy reported that a total of 463 deportees from Malaysia were recorded for the month of March while a total of 1,787 deportees were recorded for the months of January to February 2010.

Some of these deportees were already sent back to their own hometown while the remaining were still at the Processing of Displaced Person Center (PDPC) of the DSWD who undergo trainings and the like, Dy added. (fnm/PIA-Zamboanga City) [top]

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