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GMA unveils 'reciprocity' program for OFWs

Seoul, South Korea, June 2 (PNA) -- To "reciprocate" the invaluable contribution of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to the Philippine economy through their remittances, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday unveiled a P1-billion government assistance program for OFWs displaced by the global economic crisis.

"We are carrying out this program of Full Reciprocity to help expatriate workers from their host countries that are now being buffeted by the economic crisis," she added.

The President said the Full Reciprocity program consists of two parts: the Filipino Overseas Livelihood Support Fund (FOLSF), and the government assistance to help aced workers find other jobs.

The FOLSF, which has a funding support of P1 billion, is administered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Under the FOLSF, affected Filipinos can avail themselves of loans from the Fund to put up their own business, the President said.

She added that the government will also assist displaced OFWs find suitable jobs that are at par with his or her previous job abroad.

Like the "mobile reintegration team" sent by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to South Korea last February "to assist displaced workers and counsel those who are uncertain about leaving their jobs," the government's job hunting assistance program will "provide job referrals, skills re-training and re-tooling and livelihood training and assistance to displaced OFWs.

The President said government help desks and internet sites that DOLE established in various provinces were assisting displaced OFWs in looking for new jobs.

"Sinabayan naman natin ito ng marketing blitz ng Philippine Overseas Employment Agency upang lalong makilala ang husay ng manggagawang Pilipino (We launched a marketing blitz through the POEA to show the world the skills and talents of our OFWs)," she said. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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