Gov’t to push for more OFW livelihood programs – Aquino

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday said the government will push for the creation of
more job opportunities through livelihood programs that would assure a more comfortable life
for the Filipino people.

Speaking before the awardees of the “Model OFW Family of the Year Award” at the Grand
Plaza Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City, the President assured the
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families that the government is stepping-up in its
efforts to address the common concerns of their group.

The Chief Executive said he has directed various agencies concerned, which include the
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE),
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare
Administration (OWWA) to further boost programs that will directly benefit the overseas

The government, according to him is creating 54 additional help desks to beef up the 554 that
were previously installed in different cities and provinces of the country tasked to attend to
the welfare of the OFWs.

The OWWA, he added has been instructed to allot one billion pesos as Reintegration Fund,
which will be used as an effective loan program with low interest rates for the OFWs.

With help from the Land Bank of the Philippine and Development Bank of the Philippines
(DBP), the government will conduct seminars on Financial Literacy, Money Management and
similar technical discussions to equip the OFWs and their families to venture into business,
he said.

He noted the influx of both local and foreign investors who are regaining confidence to do
business in the country as a result of the government’s sustainable administrative reforms.

Repatriation sa mga OFW’s sa Sokor adunay pondo – DBM

GISIGURO niadtong Lunes sa administrasyong Aquino nga adunay igong pondo kon
ipatuman ang evacuation sa mga OFW’s nga tua sa South Korea sa higayong mo grabe ang

Matud pa ni Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, adunay igong pondo nga gigahin sa panahong
kinahanglang ibakwit ang may 50,000 OFW’s nga naa sa Korea kon mo grabe ang sitwasyon
sa Korean peninsula.

Wala hinuon gibutyag sa kalihim sa Department of Budget and Management (DBM) ang
kantidad nga mamahimong gastuhon sa gobyerno kon ibakwit ang tanang mga OFW’s nga
naa sa Korea.

Dugang pa ni Abad, padayon ang pagtutok ni Presidente Benigno Aquino III sa panghitabo
sa Korean peninsula ug aduna nay naka-andam nga mga contingency plan kon kinahanglang
ibakwit ang mga Pinoy. (PIA)

DFA: Beware of fake Israeli hospital

Philippine officials in Israel reiterated early this week that there are no job openings for
hospital workers in Israel, and job applicants must particularly beware of a fictitious hospital
used as decoy by illegal recruiters.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a release citing a report from the Philippine
Embassy in Israel that “this announcement is being issued in response to reports and
queries from prospective applicants verifying job opportunities offered to them by certain
unscrupulous recruiters to work in various capacities for a ‘Jordan Valley Medical Center in

The Embassy confirmed that the “Jordan Valley Medical Center” is “fictitious and no such
hospital exists in Israel,” the DFA said.

It reiterated there are no job openings in Israel for hospital workers such as doctors, nurses,
medical technicians, ambulance crew, or drivers, that are available to Filipino applicants.

It also reminded that Filipinos are recruited for Israel as caregivers for home care and not in
hospitals. (PIA)