Sunday, May 24, 2009

BusinessWorld Online: More OFWs sent home due to crisis

BusinessWorld Online: More OFWs sent home due to crisis: "More OFWs sent home due to crisis

TACLOBAN CITY — More overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been displaced and sent home due to the global economic downturn.

As of yesterday, the Overseas Filipino Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) here said 91 OFWs have been sent home to Eastern Visayas region.

'During the first quarter of the year, many of the affected workers were in Taiwan and some in the United States.

'From April to May, most of the reported retrenchments were from Middle East countries,' said Alberto Penaflor, OWWA regional information officer, in an interview.

The displaced OFWs reported to the Department of Labor and Employment Help Desk for livelihood and job placement assistance.

Mr. Penaflor said as of this month, 81 of the displaced workers received skills training, job placement, and a two-year collateral-free loan package of P50,000.

'Twenty-eight OFWs have already received the financial assistance amounting to P1.15 million,' Mr. Penaflor told BusinessWorld."

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