Arroyo assures retrenched OFWs of jobs
MANILA, Philippines – For overseas Filipino workers who have been retrenched as a result of the financial crisis, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said they could find work here – in call centers, restaurants, bakeshops, or machine shops – when they avail of the government’s retraining program.
In a speech before the Filipino community in Bahrain on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), the President laid out her P1-billion “payback” package for affected OFWs. She made a similar presentation to Filipinos in Saudi Arabia (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/news/view/20090203-187201/Arroyo-Saudi-OFWs-jobs-safe) the day before.
Arroyo said the Prime Minister of Bahrain has assured her that the jobs of OFWs there were “safe.”
“Isa sa mga ginagawa natin ay magbuo ng mga retraining program sa Pilipinas gaya ng mga training sa call center, welding, baker, chefs at iba pa [Our efforts include setting up retraining programs in the Philippines, for call center agents, welders, bakers, and chefs],” she said.
Arroyo also said that the Professional Regulations Committee (PRC) would bring licensure examinations in select countries, including Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong.
Kung kayo ay pumasa, maari kayong madagdagan ang sweldo at tumatag ang pwesto. [If you pass, you can get a higher pay, and better job security],” she said.
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