Gov’t says there are jobs waiting for returning OFWs

The government plans to offer construction jobs to returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) under its “Build, Build, Build” program.

“At alam ko rin po, dahil nga mananatili pa rin ang Build, Build, Build initiative ng ating gobyerno, magkakaroon po tayo ng kumbaga job fair especially targeting the OFWs dahil kailangan po natin sila ngayong narito na sa ating bayan sila ‘no,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing.

The government is looking into projects that would be given priority under the infrastructure program in order to revive the economy from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has earlier approved several projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program to continue again.

Some of these projects include the Harbor Link, NLEX-SLEX Connector, Cavite-Laguna Expressway, Skyway Stage 3, R1 Bridge Project, Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx), and Subic Freeport Expressway.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, about 24,000 OFWs have returned to the country. According to the data of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), 11,848 of them have already returned to their respective hometowns.

About 300,000 more are expected to come back home as economies all over the world are affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

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