Livelihood awaits returning OFWs

The Department of Migrant Workers on Monday said that the implementation of the National Reintegration Program aims to provide a livelihood for returning overseas Filipino workers.

DMW Assistant Secretary Venecio Legaspi said during the Laging Handa briefing that the program seeks to help returning OFWs on their stay in the country for good.

“It is already in our law that we must provide a sustainable [program] and adapt to their skills and needs,” Legaspi said.

“We know that there are many who come back that we do not see or look at their skills right now. We will look at that in partnership with different government agencies, civil societies, and different stakeholders,” he added.

He stressed the importance of the program, where he said it seeks to empower also returning OFWs in the Philippines.

“This means the restoration is to strengthen and enrich the lives of OFWs who return to our country. Because a stronger family results in a stronger country,” he added.

Legaspi said the National Reintegration Center will become bridge that will connect OFWs and implement programs that part of the programs of the Marcos administration
“We [at DMW] will be a bridge that will connect and implement the wishes of President Marcos and our Secretary Susan Ople so that the families returned by the OFWs can be fully restored, strengthened and enriched because that is what they deserve. and desired by all returning OFWs as well as their families and the government,” he said.

He said that over 18,000 returning OFWs have benefited from the Livelihood Development Assistance Program and 15,000 on Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay and also 300 OFWs for Tulong Pangkabuhayan para sa Pag-Unlad ng Samahang OFWs.

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