Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were displaced from their jobs in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) were given another chance of getting employed and be engaged in their own livelihood undertakings during the Job and Livelihood Fair for OFWs of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
About 10,000 overseas and 2,000 local job vacancies were offered to hundreds of applicants who joined the job and livelihood fair dubbed “Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan for OFWs and Families” held at the Occupational Safety and Health Center, March 28, 2017.
“This job and livelihood fair is one of our ways to aid many of our OFWs who were displaced in Saudi. DOLE, together with OWWA, NRCO, POEA is also ready to provide assistance they need while they are awaiting for their separation pay and other money claims, as many of them have little or no means to support their families,” Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said.
Based on the final report of OWWA, a total of 23 applicants were hired-on-the-spot.
Most of the job vacancies are in the industry of construction and maintenance where majority of the displaced workers came from.
“Nagbakasakali lang ako na muling mag-apply abroad since April 2016 pa ako walang trabaho dahil nagsara ‘yung company na pinapasukan ko sa Saudi. Natutuwa ako dahil natanggap ako,” said Ferdinand Cruz, who was hired-on-the spot in the job fair as equipment operator in Qatar.
The TNK also provided financial literacy and livelihood sessions in franchising and agribusiness to the participating OFWs who chose to engage in entrepreneurship and stay in the country for good.
The said job and livelihood fair was made possible through the partnership of OWWA, POEA, Bureau of Local Employment, DOLE-NCR, and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO).
END/Abegail De Vega