Displaced Saudi OFWs get job,
MANILA, April 3 -- Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were displaced
from their jobs in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) were given another chance
of getting employed and be engaged in their own livelihood undertakings
during the Job and Livelihood Fair for OFWs of the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE) - Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
About 10,000 overseas and 2,000 local job vacancies were offered to hundreds
of applicants who joined the job and livelihood fair dubbed “Trabaho,
Negosyo, Kabuhayan for OFWs and Families” held at the Occupational Safety
and Health Center, March 28, 2017.
“This job and livelihood fair is one of our ways to aid many of our OFWs who
were displaced in Saudi. DOLE, together with OWWA, NRCO, POEA is also ready
to provide assistance they need while they are awaiting for their separation
pay and other money claims, as many of them have little or no means to
support their families,” Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said.
Based on the final report of OWWA, a total of 23 applicants were
Most of the job vacancies are in the industry of construction and
maintenance where majority of the displaced workers came from.
“Nagbakasakali lang ako na muling mag-apply abroad since April 2016 pa ako
walang trabaho dahil nagsara ‘yung company na pinapasukan ko sa Saudi.
Natutuwa ako dahil natanggap ako,” said Ferdinand Cruz, who was hired-on-the
spot in the job fair as equipment operator in Qatar.
The TNK also provided financial literacy and livelihood sessions in
franchising and agribusiness to the participating OFWs who chose to engage
in entrepreneurship and stay in the country for good.
The said job and livelihood fair was made possible through the partnership
of OWWA, POEA, Bureau of Local Employment, DOLE-NCR, and the National
Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO). (DOLE)