Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday encouraged returning overseas Filipino workers to avail of the Assist WELL services during the 2016 Kalayaan Job Fair on 12 June at the Rizal Park.
“Assist WELL is a package of comprehensive reintegration assistance and services that addresses the welfare, employment, livelihood, and legal assistance needs of repatriates and returning OFWs. It was established through DOLE Department Order 139, series of 2014 to ensure that OFWs who are compelled to go home under mandatory repatriation due to crises or emergencies are successfully reintegrated in the mainstream of Philippine society,” said Baldoz, adding that the provision of Assist WELL services to OFWs is part of the celebratory activities during the Independence Day Celebration.
The 118th Independence Day celebration is anchored on the theme Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong.
The Assist WELL’ s employment assistance involves the provision of job placement/referral for local or overseas employment and competency assessment, as well as certification for repatriated workers who wish to confirm whether they possess the competencies required in a preferred workplace.
During the 2016 Independence Job Fair, OFWs who will troop to the Assist WELL booth will be ensured their need will be quickly assessed, and ushered in to a particular service they need.
Secretary Baldoz said that the DOLE, through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), will strictly monitor the progress of the delivery of assistance sought by the OFWs.
“In case of job referral, the Center’s staff will monitor the progress of the OFWs’ placement until they are deployed to their new jobs. The legal assistance will also be checked, ensuring that the complaints or cases filed are efficiently handled until its disposition. The progress of all other services will be also monitored,” Baldoz assured.
The Labor Chief also added that other services offered under the Assist WELL are the government’s financial assistance programs and training opportunities in coordination with the POEA and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), respectively.
Assist WELL Processing Centers are also set up in the DOLE Regional Offices, under the supervision of the DOLE Regional Directors. These Centers are operated by designated technical and administrative personnel of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) members, which is comprised of DOLE Regional Office, POEA Regional Extension Center or Extension Office, the OWWA Regional Office, TESDA Regional Office, the NRCO, and other RCC office members.