Palace to find jobs for repatriated OFWs

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MALACAÑANG on Tuesday assured repatriated Filipino workers from Kuwait that the government will help them find new jobs.

Philippine missions have been ordered to find the repatriated OFWs alternative work in countries that are signatories to International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions protecting migrant workers’ rights, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in a press briefing.

“Ang tinitingnan po natin, mga bansa gaya ng Oman at Bahrain na walang kahit anong reklamo pong pang-aabuso sa ating mga kapwa Pilipino,” Roque said.

Roque also said that more job opportunities await Filipino workers in the country, so they won’t have to leave their families and work abroad.

“Ang talagang gusto hong mangyari ng Presidente, hindi na makipagsapalaran sa mga malalayong lugar ang ating kapwa Pilipino. At ang tanging paraan na makakamit ito ay mabigyan sila ng trabaho dito sa Pilipinas,” Roque said.

Roque said the government’s Build, Build, Build infrastructure program would generate additional jobs for Filipinos.

Meanwhile, Roque said Kuwait OFWs who voluntarily returned home would immediately receive P5,000 financial assistance and P20,000 livelihood aid from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Roque said the President’s decision to stop sending Filipino workers to Kuwait was meant to protect and preserve their dignity.

“‘Yung kanyang order po na itigil na ‘yan maski tayo ay mawawalan ng kita, ‘yan po ay isang paghihiwatig at pruweba na inuuna ng ating Presidente ang interes hindi lang ng mga Pilipino, kundi ng ating mga kababaihan. Hindi dapat binabastos, hindi dapat inaapi, dapat po ginagalang,” Roque said.

“[A]ng sabi ng Pangulo, hindi naman siya papayag na ang mga Pilipino, lalo na ang kababaihan, aapihin lang ng mga dayuhan. Naghihirap na nga, nagtatrabaho na nga malayo sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay, tatratuhin pang parang hayop,” he said.

Roque said the administration is expecting a response from the Kuwaiti government in finding justice for the abused OFWs.

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