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Labor Day Events Includes Groundbreaking Of The First OFW Hospital— Bello

In observance of the coming Labor day on May 1 themed
‘Pagpupugay sa Manggagawang Pilipino’ simultaneous business and job fair will be held in 29 different locations across the country. On top of it all, the much-awaited hospital for the overseas Filipino workers will have its groundbreaking ceremony. This will be the first-ever OFW hospital which was once a promise and now comes into a reality.

The good news was disclosed by labor secretary Silvestre Bello III in an interview last Monday. The OFW hospital will be erected in San Fernando, Pampanga. this according to Bello, is
“to showcase the Duterte administration’s grateful recognition of our overseas Filipino workers and the Filipino workingmen in general.”

As to the job and business fair, the Bureau of Local Employment placed at more than 1,500 the participating employers who will be bringing with them over 200,000 local and overseas jobs in the massive Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) and Build Build Build job and business caravan.

For this event, the main site will also be in San Fernando, Pampanga at the
Kingsborough International Convention Center where an initial 130 local and 20 overseas placement agencies will offer vacancies. Available jobs locally are mostly in the field of construction under the government’s Build Build Build program, while skilled professionals, including English teachers for Thailand, are open for overseas placement.

On this same site, there will be simultaneous learning sessions on topics such as the Philippine Qualifications Framework by the Department of Education; How to Start a Business by the Department of Trade and Industry; and skills demonstration by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, which will also raffle off 100 training scholarships. The National Reintegration Center for OFWs and Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns will conduct a livelihood seminar for interested job seekers, while the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration will hold a Pre-Employment Orientation, with Pag-IBIG Fund providing information on the fund’s benefits.

The OFW hospital will be funded by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration donors. It will be administered by the Department of Health. The site where it will stand is provided by the provincial government of Pampanga. OWWA will award livelihood packages worth P20,000 each to 100 OFWs under OWWA’s Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay program during the groundbreaking.

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