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MANILA – Repatriated overseas Filipino workers displaced by crisis or emergency situations in countries such as Libya have local jobs to look forward to in the Philippines.
"Local employment is one of the components of the package of assistance the DOLE offers to repatriates through the Bureau of Local Employment under Assist WELL, a package of assistance and services the DOLE has adopted to ensure the successful reintegration of OFW repatriates by addressing their welfare, employment, livelihood, and legal needs," said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
Baldoz said the package is a convergent program of offices under DOLE like the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the National Reintegration Center for OFWs, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Bureau of Local Employment, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, International Labor Affairs Bureau, and the Labor Communications.
For local employment, Baldoz said she had connected with a local construction, engineering, and power conglomerate which offers numerous positions similar to or related to the jobs or occupations of repatriates from Libya.
These are management positions in power plant construction and operation, such as design managers, engineering managers, site managers, construction managers, commissioning managers, and quality assurance/quality control managers.
The same conglomerate also has civil works vacancies, such as field engineers, office engineers, QA/QC staff, planning engineers, and schedulers. It also offers electrical works positions, such as turbine specialists, electrical generator engineers, electromechanical planners, and electromechanical schedulers.
For mechanical works, the vacancies are for welding inspectors, piping inspectors, coal handling specialists, boiler specialists, waste water treatment engineers and specialists, piping engineers and supervisors, and demi water engineers. For instrumentation and control, the vacancies are for design engineers for I&C, QA/QC supervisors for I&C, QA/QC I&C engineers, and I&C supervisors, engineers, and technicians.
There are also various positions for civil works, structural/ architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, surveying, and safety in high rise structures and buildings the company is constructing, as well as positions in underwater construction (rehabilitation/construction of waste water, sewage treatment plants, and pipeline), such as field engineers, office engineers, geodetic engineers, and surveyors.
The conglomerate, Baldoz said, is also into roads, bridges, elevated highways, and railway systems construction, and therefore in need of skilled and professional workers for civil works and surveying, both in office and field operations.
Baldoz also said repatriates may try out the Phil-JobNet which, as of yesterday, have 50 vacant positions in construction and 313 vacant positions in engineering.
Baldoz said local salaries may be lower than salaries in OFW countries of destination, but she said OFWs who come home for good should seriously consider that being in one's own country greatly mitigates the social cost of migration.
"The local job vacancies are there and OFW-repatriates may consider these as an option," said Baldoz.