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Displaced OFWs from Mindanao to get P2.7 million for livelihood projects

Davao City (26 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will distribute here Thursday 31 checks worth P2.7 million as livelihood assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Mindanao who lost their jobs in the aftermath of the global economic crisis.

Of the 31 checks to be distributed by the President at the SM City here, one check worth Pl.2 million will go to displaced OFWs from Lanao del Norte under the Tulong Panghanap Buhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) project.

The 30 other checks worth P50,000 each will be divided among 30 retrenched OFWs -- 10 from the Davao Region, 10 from Northern Mindanao Region and 10 from the Caraga Region.

Aside from the livelihood assistance, the Chief Executive will also turn over Pangulong Gloria Scholarship vouchers to displaced OFWs for retraining and skills upgrading to prepare them for jobs overseas.

"We are putting up this skills and job event in Mindanao to assist Mindanaoans who have lost their jobs in the aftermath of the worldwide economic crunch," TESDA Director General Boboy Syjuco said.

Some 2,150 returning OFWs, jobseekers and technical vocational education and training (TVET) graduates from the three regions in Mindanao are expected to attend the whole-day event and take advantage of the government's employment training and livelihood program.

"The job of TESDA and its partner-companies may involve re-tooling our displaced workers and re-matching them to available jobs or retraining them for livelihood skills," Syjuco said.

He said that among the most in-demand workers today are welders, aircraft mechanics, animation artists, software developers and other business process outsourcing (BPO) workers.

Forty regional and Manila-based recruitment and manpower placement agencies are joining the event, dubbed as Jobs Bridging, Skill Retraining.

Nine TVET institution and enterprise partners will also participate in the skills retraining program which offers such short courses as welding, heavy equipment and machine operations, construction works and slaughtering.

The event is being organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO). (PND) [top]

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