Filipinos affected by Canada's moratorium on the implementation of its Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) may avail of a reintegration program created by the Department of Labor and Employment upon their return to the Philippines.
Assistance will come in the form of domestic and/or overseas employment facilitation, training for employment facilitation, livelihood assistance, and enterprise development, according to a statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued Friday.
The affected OFWs may also apply for DOLE's Biyaheing Agripreneur program, a study tour for Filipino migrant workres looking to start a business in agri-entrepreneurship.
Interested Filipinos are encouraged to ask DOLE's National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) for details through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or +6325262633 or the nearest consular, labor embassy, or embassy.
Canada's current labor policies state that foreigners may temporarily work in Canada for a maximum of four years and wait for another four years before applying for another work permit.
Meanwhile, changes made to TFWP affected OFWs with the following jobs in the fastfood industry, including food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, restaurant and food service managers, food service supervisors, food and beverage servers, cashiers, chefs and cooks.
According to an earlier report, the changes were made to protect Filipinos and other nationals allegedly exploited for cheap labor by companies abusing the TFWP.
A report on CTV News Edmonton last March said as many as 70,000 low-skilled workers were faced with deportation upon the enactment of the changes.
Meanwhile, the DFA said the Philippine diplomatic and consular offices in Canada continue to monitor developments that affect Filipino temporary workers there.
"The Philippine government affirms its commitment to ensuring the protection and welfare of Filipinos working overseas and in providing assistance programs for the benefit of both departing and returning overseas Filipino workers," it added. —KBK, GMA News