PANGASINAN, Lingayen – At least 50 displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from various parts of the province received skills training in Culinary and Techno Production on livelihood recently at the Provincial Employment Service Office here.
Dolly Camacho, Program Coordinator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region 1 said the training project which was conducted in coordination with the provincial government through its Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO), is one of the components of the OWWA livelihood assistance program called OWWA “Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay.”
The program is a livelihood assistance project aimed at helping the displaced overseas workers find livelihood and earn income for their families.
The displaced workers include those who have been victimized by illegal recruiters, those found having violated some provisions in their employment contract and those affected by the tension in war-torn countries.
Camacho said the trainings they provide to the displaced workers is a social preparation for them to be ready to engage in livelihood projects of their choice.
Meanwhile, a group of nurses also availed of an orientation seminar which targets registered nurses bound for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Rene Armzed Cantuba, Operations Manager of the Noor Al Amal Home Health Care Center in Dubai said the seminar aims to provide information and advice to nurses who plan to work in UAE.
Cantuba said they are here not to directly recruit the nurses, instead, they are here to guide them on the processing methods like how they should go about in processing their license and documents.
The healthcare center manager said the assistance they provide to nurses aspiring to work overseas is given for free.
As this developed, Cantuba disclosed that they have proposed to the provincial government the establishment of a training center which, when approved, will become a rehabilitation center at the same time, that will benefit all nurses in the province as they will have the chance of having a training for free before they work overseas.
By Dexter A. See