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Recruitment agencies in Region 1 extend support to cushion impact of economic crisis

By Danny O. Sagun

Dagupan City (9 February) -- Licensed private recruitment agencies in Region 1 have expressed cooperation with the government to combat the effects of the economic crunch currently plaguing the world.

In a meeting held last week at the POEA regional office, officials of the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and Technical Education Skills Development Authority briefed representatives of 17 recruitment agencies regarding the crisis issue and the efforts currently being undertaken.

DOLE Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena and POEA Chief Nonnete Legaspi-Villanueva urged the agencies to implement measures at their own level to help their deployed workers who are affected by the economic meltdown, or prevent their becoming victims in the future.

Among the points of cooperation agreed upon are submission by the licensed agencies of report on deployed workers displaced by the global financial crisis to the POEA on February 9 their assistance in the redeployment of displaced OFWs; feedback to POEA of the referred economically-displaced workers being referred.

These action areas will serve as early monitoring mechanisms that will not only facilitate services to displaced workers, but will also protect the recruitment agencies from future problems that may arise, Jalbuena said.

The agencies also committed to prioritize displaced workers referred to them by the DOLE Help Desk which is composed of the DOLE, POEA, OWWA and TESDA.

A one-stop center, the Help Desk is tasked to provide immediate response to the various needs of economically displaced workers, and ensure the availability of service packages for them. After registering with the Desk, laid-off workers are immediately referred to the concerned agencies.

The possibility of organizing the recruitment agencies was explored to further strengthen partnership between and among them and the government for the promotion and protection of overseas Filipino workers' rights and welfare. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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