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Baldoz leads oath-taking of OFW Group Officials at the First Ever Global Family Summit and Caravan i

 

City of Tarlac – Just right after the concluded of the 2012 DOLE-WIDE Corporate Planning Exercises of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) held at the Hotel Stotsenberg at the Clark Freeport Zone from February 8-10, 2012, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimaplis-Baldoz immediately proceeded to the Bulwagan ng Kapitolyo at the Tarlac Provincial Capitol at Tarlac City later in the afternoon of February 10 and graced the Global Family Summit and Caravan 2012 as guest of honor and keynote speaker.
 
The said event with its theme dubbed “Global Family Empowerment” makes history as it marks the first ever global summit and caravan for OFWs and their Families in the Philippines, says DOLE Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante.
 
Secretary Baldoz in her keynote speech lauded the partnership of the Global Workers and Family Federation (GWFI), chaired by Hon. Ermie Lagman-Garon, National Federation President (GWFFI), and the Provincial Government of Tarlac under the stewardship of Tarlac Governor Hon. Victor A. Yap.
 
“We have crafted many programs for our Overseas Filipino Workers under the Labor and Employment Plan for 2010-2016 since eleven (11) of the twenty two (22) Pt. Agenda of the Aquino Administration on Labor and Employment are catered for the OFWs” says Baldoz.
 
“I have personally tasked our Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) all over the globe to look after our OFWs, especially women, who have various cases abroad. We have set up Filipino Workers Resource Centers at our POLOs too” Baldoz added.
 
“Our Balik Pinay, Balik Hanap Buhay has benefited many returning OFWs, give them opportunities to venture in entrepreneurship, provision of skills training through the help of the TESDA” she proudly shared to the attendees of the said event.
 
Secretary also strongly called for the fight against illegal recruitment and the uplifting of the plight of the Kasambahays or Household Helpers.
 
“We need to be united to fight illegal recruitment and protect our OFWs against any form of human trafficking, we must apprehend illegal recruiters. As for our Kasambahays doing domestic work abroad, we have to shift them from the low-end market and professionalize them as well with competitive salaries through the speedy ratification of the ILO Convention 189 and the passage of the kasambahay Bill” Baldoz said.
 
Baldoz led the induction of the following GWFFI Tarlac Federation Officers:
 
·        Engr. Ermie Lagman-Giron – President
·        Mr. Emman Quibuyen – Vice President
·        Ms. Erminda Lagman – Secretary
·        Engr. Cicero Villanueva – Treasurer
·        Atty. Gerald Medina – Auditor
·        Ms. Nida Duco – Business Manager (PESO Manager of Tarlac)
 
Governor Yap, on the other hand, inducted the Provincial, City and Municipal Federation Officers including the School and Church based Federation Officers.
 
Yap disclosed that the Provincial Government of Tarlac is in all-out support to the GWFFI and the DOLE’s programs for the OFWs. In fact, he proudly boasted that all local government units of the province have their own respective OFW Family Desks that would immediately address the issues and concern of an estimated 35,259 OFWs and their families residing in Tarlac.
 
Also in the said event are 2nd District Representative Hon. Susan Yap, OWWA Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon, POEA Deputy Administrator Amuerfina Reyes, and NCRO Director Vivian F. Tornea. DOLE Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante, along with Ms. Arlene Tolentino of the Tarlac Field Office represented the DOLE Regional Office No. 3.
 
Towards the end of the program, the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) provided livelihood checks amounting to Php. 910,000 to ninety one (91) repatriated OFWs for their respective livelihood businesses.
 
Mr. Romy T. Tongol, who represented the beneficiaries, expressed his warm appreciation to the DOLE for boosting the morale of OFW returnees by encouraging them to engage in small businesses to aide their families.
 
Meanwhile, a Job Fair themed “Maraming Trabaho para sa Tarlaqueño” for local and overseas employment, was also held through the initiative of the GWFFI and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Tarlac for aspiring jobseekers from the province and nearby areas. A caravan of various quick one-stop-shop government services such as mobile passport services and livelihood application for OFWs and returnees was also facilitated said Director Agravante.
 
Tarlac Vice Governor Pearl Angeli E. Pacada personally thanked the DOLE Family for extending the much needed help foe their OFW constituents, for allowing them to secure easy access to the DOLE’s programs and services for OFWs. (Jerry Borja, DOLE RO3 LCO)
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2012-02-14
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