POEA: Returning OFW Reintegration

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Seems like may plano naman ang gobyerno natin sa mga OFWs na napipilitang bumalik sa bansa, lalo na sa epekto ng tinatawag na Saudization. Sana nga it works well. Let’s always hope and pray for the best for our country and families.

Read this news bit for more info:

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) remains unfazed by the Saudization policy restricting the hiring of foreign workers in the Kingdom.

The Saudi Arabian government has yet to come up with a matrix which would categorize about 3,000 companies in the Kingdom.

Speaking on ANC’s “Headstart,” POEA Administrator Carlos Cao Jr. says, while Saudi Arabia is not expected to implement the Saudization policy abruptly, the Aquino government is prepared to assist returning OFWs, who may avail of jobs or loan assistance thru the government’s P2 billion OFW reintegration fund.

“While we are not duly alarmed, our government is prepared for this eventuality. That’s why we have a massive reintegration program,” Cao said.

Among the components of the program include local employment and opportunities for business.

“Over the last year or so, we have generated 1.4 million jobs and the target is 1 million a year in the next five years,” said Cao.

“By way of this P2 billion reintegration fund, they can can apply for business loans ranging from P300,000 to P2 million for as long as they are willing to be guided by the Land Bank of the Philippines. This is collateral-free. Interest is 7.5% per annum, but it must be guided so the business will be viable.”

The program is also seen to help OFWs who may be affected by the deployment ban on OFWs to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as repatriates who have returned home amid continued political unrest in Syria.

The POEA revisited the deployment ban after a security assessment by the Department of Foreign Affairs, and decided to partially lift it, excluding OFWs working in US military installations in Iraq and Afghanistan from the ban.

“Our OFWs in Iran and Afghanistan can now finish their contracts. Even on site there can be an extension or renewal of their contracts, but the partial lifting is only good for US camps and facilities… I think we can trust the assessment made by the DFA here. Definitely, they’re safer inside US installation facilities and camps,” said Cao.

He added, “They did not pass thru the processing of the POEA so they could not go back there as ‘Balik Manggagawa’ but this time they can. That’s the good news there.”

Cao noted 2010 figures show there are some 7,000 undocumented workers in Afghanistan, while close to 90% of OFWs in Syria are undocumented.

Amid conflict and disasters in the Middle East and Asia, Cao said the government’s efforts to take OFWs out of harm’s way have drawn praise.

“The Director General of the International Organization for Migration and the Deputy Director General said officially, repatriation efforts conducted by the government under President Aquino is one of the best repatriation efforts conducted by any country during a period of crisis– 10,000 OFWs without a single casualty.”

Today, Cao is confident in government’s continued repatriation efforts.

“We have a new Ambassador to Syria in Ricardo Endaya whose expertise is in repatriation. That’s a signal the effort is gong to be serious, prudent and calibrated. But employers are demanding that they be refunded for recruitment fees… The key here is negotiation and that’s being done my our rapid response teams.”

Despite the various challenges abroad, including the ban on the deployment of domestic workers to Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, Cao adds, OFW remittances are still up… and rising.

“From January to June 2011, total remittances reached $9.63 billion, a substantial increase of 6.3%.”

“By God’s grace and with the right direction of government, remittances have been continually increasing and we hope the projection of $20 billion can still be reached.”

Today, Cao urges Filipinos to remain vigilant against illegal recruitment syndicates, especially amid reports Bangkok, Thailand is being used as a transit point for OFWs going to countries with existing deployment bans.

He also reminds Filipinos, who are looking for work abroad, to go through the proper processes and personally check with the POEA to ensure their jobs are secure and legitimate.

Still the demand for Filipino workers remains.

Cao says, close to 5,748 jobs await Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia despite the impending implementation of the Saudization policy. This is the balance left from 9,589 job orders minus 4,911 filled slots.

Meanwhile, Japan is said to be seeking 500 Filipino nurses and caregivers under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement.

According to the Budget Department, the government itself has tens of thousands of job openings with plans to recruit new nurses and teachers, among others.http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/09/14/11/reintegration-efforts-help-returning-ofws

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7 thoughts on “POEA: Returning OFW Reintegration

  1. Good day po ask ko po ung problema ng mama ko late register po kc mama ko bali yun Na din po ginamit nya s married cert. Nun kinasal sya ngaun po ubos Na ung copy nya nun late register kya po kumuha n ulit sya s Nso nun kumkuha n sya iba ung lumabas Leyte ang birth place kya nalaman nya meron pla sya birth cert. Tlaga kya lng Naman po nag pa late regster ang mama ko ksi inakala nya wla sya birth cert. ngaun po nag try ulit kumuha mama ko s Nso puro Leyte n po tlaga ang lumalbas at ung late register nya n Rizal ang birth place wla n po sya makuha ngaun po gs2 ng mama ko itama n ung mga papel nya ung married cert. Nya bbaguhin n po ippasok nya n po ung luma n birth cert. Nya s married cert. at aalisin n ung late register ksi wla n sya makuha n copy ano po dapat gawin ng mama ko salamat po

    1. Tama yung gagawin nyo na isunod na sa original record nya yung mga dokumento nya. I presnt lang yung NSO copy nya sa mga dapat na itamang documents para ma correct na ito. KUng dapat ipa cancel yung late registration gagawin nyo din yun kung i re require kayo.

  2. Hi po. Ask lo lng po bkit sa municipality ng muntinlupa sa civil registrar ay hnd pa natanggap ng requirements for clerical error? Mali po kasi middle name ko Instead na muella sa nso ko muela na…. Den tampered pa sya. .. sabi ng city hall inaantay p dw nla ung approval di ko alm san ba manggaling ung approval n un… Sbi nla january 2014ttanggap n cla den inadjust nla ng march 2014 pa… Plus 5 Months process…. ang tagal naman po.

    1. Yung approval sa NSO main mangagaling yun. Ganyan talaga eh sila may hawak nung dokumento mo try mo na lang makiusap or tawag ka sa CCB 16565 or 09088816565 para mag paabot nung reklamo mo.

      1. Hello ask ko lang po need ko pa po bang magpAcourt hearing kung yun pangalan kobpo sa nso kulAng imbes po renz rhonette nawLa po yun renz ?

      2. Hi Renz,

        Pag pinadagdag mo kasi yung Renz sa bc mo, parang change of name yun. Kailangan dumaan sa court proceeding ang change of name. Kailangan mo din ng abogado.


  3. tracking our brothers and sisters overseas will definitely be hard for our national agencies. since a lot of them were scattered abroad and if not are aren’t registered. since a wide number of them are still can’t be located, its just an add on to the fact that whatever happens it’ll be hard to rescue them.

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