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Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano (second from left) signs a memorandum of agreement with officials of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Department of Labor and Employment-Task Force on Anti-Trafficking of OFW to provide support to returning workers from abroad.

In a bid to assist returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW), the Pasay City government has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and other offices working to promote and protect the interests of migrant workers and their families.

Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said they entered into a partnership with OWWA and other agencies because they want to welcome back the city’s residents who previously tried their luck overseas but would now want to stay in the country for good.

The MoA, which was also signed by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Department of Labor and Employment Task Force on Anti-Trafficking of OFW, was facilitated by the city’s Public Employment Services Office headed by Ms. Filipinas Sampang.

“We want to show to our OFW that we are grateful for what they have done to our country, especially in keeping our economy afloat during these very challenging times,” Mayor Calixto-Rubiano said.

“They (OFW) are our true modern heroes. And if they want to stay here for good, then the city government will not hesitate to help them find jobs and give them livelihood opportunities under our HELP priority program,” she added.

The mayor explained that under the livelihood category of the HELP program, they can assist OFW find jobs or provide them with financial assistance so that they can start their own business.

She said the city government will work with OWWA to implement joint programs and services for OFW and their families who intend to pursue micro, small and medium enterprises in support of the reintegration program.

Calixto-Rubiano said the partnership will help the OFW and their families start a business so that they will have no reason anymore to leave for abroad.

“We know for a fact that no OFW would want to leave his or her family to work overseas, so if we can give them the chance for livelihood opportunities, then there is great likelihood that they would opt to stay in the country,” the mayor explained.

“We, Filipinos value our family too much, and as a wife and mother, and if I can do something, I would rather that every family in our city would stay and grow as a family together,” she elaborated.

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