Government agencies in the Philippines have been tasked to assist displaced OFWs to help them find better opportunities for employment and livelihood in the country.
President Rodrigo Duterte tasked at least five government agencies and departments during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA)last July 27 to provide several benefits to help OFWs who have been forced to head back home due to the impact of the spread of the coronavirus disease.
“Sa mga kababayan ko na naghihirap sa ibang bansa, nandito ang inyong gobyerno para matulungan kayo at inyong mga pamilya, lalo na sa panahong ito,” said President Duterte during his fifth SONA.
Here’s a quick list of the agencies and their tasks:
TESDA. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is expected to provide special training programs to help OFWs retool themselves to find employment opportunities in the Philippines.
CHED. OFWs can now seek the help of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to see if their children could benefit as qualified dependents for scholarship programs provided by the government.
DoA and DTI. OFWs who plan to launch their businesses in the Philippines can reach out to the Department of Agriculture (DoA) or the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) if they plan to come up with agri-business or entrepreneurial projects to rebuild their livelihood.
Landbank and other gov’t financial institutions. President Duterte has tasked Landbank and other government-led financial institutions to provide low-interest loans for OFWs.