The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has offered entrepreneurship and livelihood programs to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who voluntarily returned home from war-torn Libya.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the government has a variety of programs and services available to returning OFWs “so they may favorably consider the option of staying permanently in the Philippines than continuing their economic adventure abroad.”
Labor Acting Secretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III said about 64 OFWs voluntarily came home from the Middle East country just recently.
Meanwhile, Baldoz has also approved the composition of contingency team who will travel to Libya to network with OFWs and their employees and assess their conditions there.
“They will travel to Libya mainly to establish network with OFWs and their employers, assess the actual peace and security situation, and recommend a plan of action to facilitate the evacuation of Filipinos when it becomes necessary,” she said.
The contingency team is composed of Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa and Welfare Officer Eduardo Mendoza Jr. Mustafa and Mendoza were part of the ground team in Libya who helped handle the evacuation and repatriation of OFWs during the 2011 Libyan crisis.
“We have a menu of programs and services available for our returning OFWs. They can accept our offer of entrepreneurship and livelihood,” Baldoz said, adding that the DOLE can also refer them for wage employment, locally and overseas.
However, the DOLE chief clarified that they preferred that OFWs stayed home.