DOLE to redeploy Filipino workers in strife-torn Egypt to other countries


Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is eyeing the redeployment of displaced overseas Filipino workers to other countries from war-torn Egypt.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz expressed hope this would help boost the Philippine government’s ongoing repatriation efforts to ensure the safety of OFWs from the worsening political violence in Egypt.

Baldoz said they have been coordinating with local recruitment agencies of the affected OFWs.

“In the case of Egypt-based OFWs, there is an ongoing coordination with licensed recruitment agencies for their possible redeployment to other countries,” Baldoz said in a statement.

She said the initial offer of repatriation was being met with indifference by the majority of the Filipinos in Egypt who did not want to leave and lose their jobs.

Most Filipinos in Egypt are employed as skilled and household service workers in Cairo and Alexandria.

But aside from the possibility of being redeployed abroad, Baldoz also assured the OFWs of jobs at home.

“We have a package of livelihood assistance which they can avail of from the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO),” she said.

Meanwhile, nine OFWs were expected to arrive from Egypt before midnight Thursday.

It would be the second batch of OFWs repatriated from Egypt following the arrival of the first batch last August 30, according to Baldoz, citing information from the DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs.

Baldoz said that so far, some 2,283 OFWs and children have been brought home from Egypt, Syria, and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia—three areas where repatriation is ongoing—this year.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Syria reported that 1,250 Filipinos were repatriated this year.

As of Aug. 27, the POLO said there were 181 wards staying at the Embassy shelter.

In Saudi Arabia, Labor Attaché to Jeddah lawyer Alejandro Padaen reported that 1,018 Filipinos were able to return to the country as of August 26.

The Saudi government has given illegal foreign workers until November 3 to correct their status or leave the Kingdom without penalty.

“Of this number, 530 were males, 233 were females, and 255 were minors. This represents 18 percent of the 5,785 Filipinos who requested repatriation assistance from the Consulate,” Padaen stated in his report, adding that 258 individuals already got their exit visas and would fly back to the country soon.

The remaining 4,509 Filipinos are still being assisted at the Jawazat for the issuance of exit visas, according to Padaen.

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  • tita_cacayan

    job opening in panatag shoal ,skilled construction workers ex egypt or syria prefered

  • mark_john21

    taga lako ng balut sa roxas boulevard?

    • TruthLiberates

      “We have a package of livelihood assistance which they can avail of from
      the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO),” she said.

      Taga-lako ng balut! That is their livelihood assistance. They will be promising false hopes and uncertain futures for these OFWs who will be going back, with their dangerously low and unsustainable program allocations.

      Mas kawawa ang mga OFW kapag bumalik sila and they should ever trust DOLE or POEA. Kahit sa ibang bansa, mas gusto ng mga OFW na layuan ang mga embassies natin. Imbes daw na makatulong sa kanila, ito pa ang nagpapahirap sa buhay nila.

      Kahit ang ibang mga Pinoy abroad, imbes na tulungan ang ibang Pinoy, sila pa ang sumisira dito at nagsusumbong kapag expired na ang mga visa nito. It makes me wonder, as a race, are we really like that? Were we shaped to be hostile to each other?

  • opinyonlangpo

    So easy to say. Its just a collection agency that gets its commission from an aspiring OFW, and again when the OFW comes for vacation. A tong collector or better, a legal extortionist. Same with OWWA that was never an OWWA, cannot even be used for repatriating distressed OFWs. Billions gone somewhere else, welfare for themselves.

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