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As part of a program to help the displaced OFWs, DOLE eyes Europe as a new market to deploy the workers for employment purposes.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is eyeing Europe as a probable new market for displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a Laging Handa briefing on Thursday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III stated the government’s top program for the migrant workers
Among the possible new markets for OFW deployment are the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, and Eastern Europe.
However, Bello added that they are still being cautious as they wouldn’t want the OFWs to be possibly infected with the novel coronavirus.
The labor chief mentioned that job opportunities are also available locally, particularly in the business process outsourcing and construction industries.
Additionally, Bello said they had a meeting recently with the IT-BPO sector, which is in need of 30,000 call center agents. With this, more OFWs may be accommodated for possible employment.
The labor department has also created a new concept of a livelihood program for the repatriated OFWs, wherein the OFWs may be provided bigger livelihood assistance if they will form an association or cooperative.
As of writing, more than 250,000 OFWs have been repatriated, according to Bello. The labor department is expecting an additional 100,000 more OFWs to come home.