Aside from receiving P10,000 each in financial relief from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) under its Financial Relief Assistance Program for distressed overseas Filipino workers, 48 OFWs from Libya have recently received a week of free construction safety training from the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said yesterday. The ex-Libya OFWs have also received employment referral assistance and 11 of the 48 are now productively employed.
“The free OSH training, financial relief assistance, and employment referral are all part of the government’s national reintegration program which aims to boost our OFWs’ employability in the Philippines, as well as their safety and well-being while already at work,” said Baldoz.
The 48 OFWs, who all worked at various lengths of time in Libya in different occupations, are now well-positioned to be reintegrated into the mainstream of their respective communities after being away from the country for long through the national reintegration program.
Baldoz, who received the report on the training of the ex-Libya OFWs said the 48 OFWs are all from Central Visayas.
“That they have come home and now that we have prepared them for their return make us a bit less worried considering that Libya continues to be caught in a web of political and security crisis,” she added. Baldoz said 11 of the 48 ex-Libya OFWs are now productively employed by various employers in Region 7. They are as follows:
Alvin A. Porteo, an administrator in Libya, was hired as assistant administrator by Aboitiz for one of its power plants. Rolando C .Osorio, Jr., who worked as QA/QC civil inspector, has left again, this time for Saudi Arabia, to work as QC Inspector. Marcial V. Nacario, a pipe fitter, was hired by Cemex in Naga, Cebu, also as pipefitter, in November last year.
Ed Kerwin C. Enguio, a welder, has left for Abu Dhabi, also as welder. Edito Degolacion, an iron worker, was hired also in this position, in General Santos City.
Maria L. Castilla, a staff midwife, is now happily managing her bakeshop in Balamban, Cebu, while Joanne Marie F. Bonghanoy, who worked as a nurse in a Libyan hospital, is now connected with UC Med Center, in Cebu, also as nurse.
Edwin Bernard C. Bacus, an administrative assistant, has been hired as Safety Officer at RGSJ Construction Company last February. Vincent N. Padayao, a pipefitter in Libya, was hired in a higher position, as safety officer, by Apo Cement in Tinaan, Naga City, Cebu.
Talin L. Decena, of Banawa, Cebu City, was an electrician/instrumentation technician, and was hired as safety officer by Embrocal Builders Inc. in Mabolo, Cebu City.
June June R. Alguno, of Tuyan, City of Naga, Cebu, was a pipefitter in Libya. After he arrived, he trained in GTAW/SMAW NC II Philippine Welding under the SESP in August and was hired, after attending the construction safety training, as welder by GTEC in Minglanilla, Cebu last January.
The rest of the 48 OFWs who also trained in OSH and are now in various stages of their job searches are Edwardo B. Zamoro, pipe fitter; Krisalita B. Villarosa, nurse; Briann M. Villarin, roomboy; Arthur A. Torino, spray painter; Edgardo B. Tadle bus driver; Jayric C. Tabugon, material specialist; Noel A. Tabil, warehouse manager; Darryl C. Ruiz, pipe fitter; Crescenciano G. Rojas, crane operator; Monico G. Quevedo, architectural draftsman; Oliver M. Postanes, supervisor; Timothy Michael D. Moril, welder;
Queenie B. Morales, nurse; Arvin A. Mopon, safety officer; Joven P. Mañego, mechanic; Lerio V. Malapitan, valve technician; Pepito G. Lumagod, pipe welder; Jose Q. Lorion, pipe fitter; Eliezer H. Limpio, pipe welder; Jesstoni M. Kho, roomboy; Junrie Jumawan, nurse; Joseph M. Into, iron worker; Demetrio G. Indino, pipe fitter; Fermino S. Guiroy, Jr., millwright; Elmer M. Felisilda; storekeeper; Victor K. Denoyo, mechanical maintenance;
Anthony J. Corpin waiter/chef; Alexander P. Codilla, QA/QC, engineer; Cory B. Cimafranca, nurse; Bernard R. Caramptan, iron worker; Willmie M .Cañete, assistant cook; Romulus F. Bonghanoy, storekeeper; Norbert Christian A. Barrientos, nurse; Deocito L . Balamad, heavy equipment mechanic; Romwell V. Albino, QHSE officer; Romualdo P. Abasolo, welder; Dennis J. Abanes, plumber.
Baldoz encourages other OFWs who abruptly came home from their work destination on account of various reasons to avail of the government’s national reintegration program for OFWs by contacting the nearest DOLE and OWWA regional offices in their area, or visiting the National Reintegration Program for OFWs (NRCO) in Intramuros, Manila.