Deployment of OFWs abroad, not affected by the present global economic crisis - POEA
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (21 February) -- Based on the latest data of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), there are already 17 countries and 141 companies that are affected by the present global financial turmoil. Locally, there are already 5,332 displaced OFWs.
This was revealed by POEA-CAR REU Director Delfina Camarillo, though she attested that the displacement of OFWs from their work abroad due to the financial crisis, still has a minimal effect on the deployment of workers overseas, as the number of deployment continues to increase.
According to Camarillo, from the period of January 1-31, 2009, the POEA has recorded a deployment of 150,197 workers abroad and based on their comparative analysis, there is an increase compared to the total deployment of 1,376,823 workers in 2008.
In Cordillera alone, the POEA has already processed 3,321 from January 1-31 compared to the figure of 1,516 workers deployed abroad, during the same period in 2008, Camarillo added.
Mr Anthony Basil of Overseas Workers Welfare Adminsitration-CAR confirmed that there are already 49 displaced OFWs from the region that registered in their office. 39 are skilled, two are professionals and 10 are household service workers.
Basil informed that they have already immersed all of the said displaced OFWs to the accredited DOLE partners of OWWA for assistance.
OWWA also offers livelihood loan assistance to displaced OFWs, with its Filipino Expatriate Livelihood Support Fund, wherein interested applicants can avail of a no-collateral loan up to P50,000, payable in two years and with a very low interest of 5% per annum.
Displaced workers can also avail of OWWA's free computer training, through its Microsoft Tulay project, which is already catering to the second batch of trainees.
In relation to this, a Regional Quick Response Team (QRT) is already in place to attend to the concerns of local and overseas workers that are affected or will be affected by the present financial turmoil.
The QRT is composed of DOLE and its attached agencies such as POEA, OWWA, TESDA, RTWPB and other agencies like Department of Trade and Industry, Social Security Services, Philhealth and PAG-IBIG Fund. (PIA) [top]