Gov’t helping OFW ‘laglag-bala’ victim find new job –Baldoz
The government is providing re-employment assistance to Gloria Ortinez, the OFW who lost her job after being victimized by the "laglag bala" extortion racket as she was departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last month.
In a statement Monday, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is ready to help 56-year-old Ortinez if she wants to pursue a job abroad or decides to stay and work in the country.
"If she decides to work abroad again, the POEA will facilitate her re-employment," Baldoz said. "In fact, Administrator Hans Cacdac of the POEA is already looking for work for her overseas."
Ortinez, who has been working as a domestic helper abroad for 26 years, found out that she lost her job in Hong Kong upon her arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport on Saturday.
Ortinez, who is from Ilocos Norte, was apprehended last October 25 at the NAIA after airport authorities found a bullet in her bag. She claimed the bullet was not hers and was planted there by somebody. She was eventually acquitted by the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office.
Cacdac said if Ortinez still wants to work as a domestic helper abroad, the POEA, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), can enroll her to the International Direct Employment Service (I-DES), the Special Hiring Program for Taiwan and a government-to-government online hiring scheme for OFWs wanting to work in Taiwan which serves as an alternative to an agency hiring and brokers.
He noted that licensed recruitment agencies are already lined up to interview her for a possible new overseas job.
In case Ortinez opted to stay and work in the Philippines, Baldoz said the Bureau of Local Employment will also help in facilitating her local employment depending on her inclination and qualifications.
She added that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) could also provide Ortinez other forms of support under the National Reintegration Program for OFWs, which include training on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, or technical skills upgrading or development, depending on her decision to have such self-capacity or her need.
"After the one week training, she can engage in business and avail of the Balik-Pinay Balik Hanapbuhay entrepreneurship assistance, which come in the form of home-based business starter kit, tools, and jigs," Baldoz said. —KBK, GMA News