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PIA Press Release
2009/02/11

DOLE XI facilitates employment for retrenched workers

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (11 February) -- Given the displacement of workers due to the global economic crunch, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE XI) provided immediate interventions like employment facilitation.

Five retrenched workers of APEX Mining were hired by the Semirara Mining. DOLE facilitated the application of retrenched workers of the said mining firm in Compostela Valley Province which totaled to 157 workers.

Of the 59 retrenched workers of Sutherland in Davao City, two workers were rehired while 34 were trained for non-voice.

DOLE assured workers who were not rehired and did not pass the non-voice training that they will be assisted for either wage, self-employment or training opportunities.

Of the 44 retrenched overseas workers who most come from Taiwan and Saudi Arabia, ten of them are undergoing skills training for employment while one was referred to TLDC in Davao del Norte.

Overseas Workers Welfare Authority (OWWA XI) Regional Director Ronnie Bartolome bared that most of the displaced workers are degree holders and are still very young.

"They still prefer to go back working abroad if this global crisis ends. But right now they are forced to shift to another career which they can make use of here in the country." he said.

Many of the displaced workers opted to enroll in a caregiver course believing that there are still countries abroad that need health workers.

Meanwhile, DOLE announced some 2,690 job vacancies posted by at least 80 companies. The department also urged workers to shift to self-employment. Programs like TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers is now being implemented by DOLE.

There is also a specialized livelihood program intended for fisherfolks called ISLA as well as RUBBER or Rural and Upland Barangays Benefiting frm Employment in Rubber.

OWWA, on the other hand, has P100 million worth of support services for Filipino expatriates. (PIA XI) [top]

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