THE country’s labor and employment department has assured that it will help the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) find the jobs they lost abroad due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Department of Labor and Employment on Saturday, July 18, 2020, vowed they will exhaust all means for the OFWs to be rehired.
“Many governments went ahead of us in easing restrictions. Their industries are almost fully operational again by now. They could recall our OFWs anytime,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a press release.
Bello said there is a possibility of OFWS being rehired by their former employers as they gain ground with the reopening of many economies around the world.
The labor chief said the government is able and ready to engage with foreign governments with new policies on migrant workers with regard to safety and health measures against the deadly virus.
“They might ask more requirements from our OFWs like government certifications to prove they are not a threat to the health and safety of their people. We can do that,” Bello said.
He also raised the possibilities that OFWs could be rehired en masse by economies that are fast recovering.
“That would require transportation, and if our OFWs need chartered flights we will do our best to come up with enough logistics for that,” he added.
Earlier, experts from the Asian Development Bank noted that the pandemic could trigger stricter health and safety rules among recovering economies against workers from countries with weak anti-Covid 19 systems.
Bello said the Philippines has nothing to worry about the government’s way of dealing with the pandemic as it has sustained a strong and effective response against the outbreak.
“The last time we checked our health system and responses to control the virus, we’re just doing fine,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) will launch a job fair this month to cater to the arriving 62,000 repatriated OFWs as well as the locally laid-off workers rendered jobless by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Peza, 2,963 job listings will come from the Visayas, 1,503 fromn Mindanao and 10,499 slots will be available for multi-site hiring. (JOB)