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Gov't to set up help desks in regions

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (2 February) -- A more localized service desks for displaced workers will soon be set up by the government.

Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito Roque, in the DOLE press release, said that Help Desks will be established in the regions to facilitate the delivery of assistance and services of the government to workers at the regional and community level who have been displaced by the global economic crisis.

Roque said that the DOLE Help Desks for economically displaced workers (EDWs) shall be located at all regional welfare offices of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) except in the National Capital Region (NCR) where the EDWs are being served by the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) in Intramuros, Manila.

He stressed that the Help Desks shall serve as a one-stop center bringing the delivery of DOLE programs and services closer to both local and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been adversely affected by the global crisis.

The Desks shall be composed of personnel from OWWA, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Roque said, adding that the DOLE Regional Directors shall oversee the operationalization of the Help Desks.

He pointed out that said agencies shall provide immediate response to the EDWs' requests for assistance adding that the agencies have been directed to ensure the availability of facilities and materials in providing the affected workers livelihood trainings and loans, job referrals to local and overseas vacancies, and legal assistance and counseling.

The OWWA Welfare Offices are located in Magsaysay Ave., Baguio City for the Cordillera Administrative Region ; San Fernando City, La Union for Region 1; Tuguegarao, Cagayan for Region 2; San Fernando, Pampanga for Region 3; Calamba, Laguna for Region 4-A; Quezon City for Region 4-B; Legaspi City for Region 5; Iloilo City for Region 6; Cebu for Region 7; Tacloban City, Leyte; for Region 8; Zamboanga City for Region 9; Cagayan de Oro for Region 10; Davao City for Region 11; Koronadal City for Region 12; Cotobato City for the ARMM; and Butuan City for CARAGA region. (PIA) [top]

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