MANILA, Philippines - The government has allocated P100 million to help returning workers from Algeria and other countries establish alternative sources of income.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the P100 million is in addition to a P1-billion reintegration program.
“From our 2013 budget, we will allocate P50 million for the reintegration program, while the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will be allocating the same amount,” she said.
Baldoz said the P100 million will be used for skills training and other services for returning workers displaced due to peace and order problems abroad or who have decided to stay in the country for good.
Baldoz said the government is also considering extending the same benefits to inactive members of OWWA.
“At this time, we are only offering loans from the P1-billion budget for active OWWA members, but with this budget, we hope to provide training even to inactive members,” she said.
Baldoz said the government is setting up a one-stop center for overseas Filipino workers to secure all the necessary documents like those from the social security system.
Families of Filipino workers killed in the hostage-taking incident in Algeria will get financial assistance from OWWA, she added.