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DOLE exploring various industries to aid workers affected by DO 174

MANILA, March 31 (PNA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is looking at various industries as employment opportunities for workers that will be affected by the nationwide implementation of Department Order (DO) 174 banning labor-only contracting and all forms of illegal contractualization practices.

With this, Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say noted that training and seminars will be provided to upgrade and improve workers' skills and be qualified for other employment opportunities.

“We believe that the new Department Order 174 can affect small and medium enterprises or businesses and some workers will be displaced. With this in mind, we have initially prepared to retool or reshape their skills if they are willing so that they may still earn income to support their families,” said the DOLE official in a statement.

The initiative is in coordination with other government agencies.

At the same time, Say urged displaced workers to visit the nearest DOLE offices to avail of the livelihood and skills training provided by the labor department and by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

He revealed that based on records, there are larger manpower requirements on other sectors that need to be filled such as in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), construction and infrastructure, and in the healthcare sectors.

“We want to give them jobs and make them employable on other sectors. If there will be displaced workers, we have workforce allocation intended for them. However, it will all depend on their willingness and eagerness to learn skills and knowledge which are beyond their expertise,” Say added.

He likewise revealed that overseas employment is available with the labor department continues to partner with the Japanese Government in drafting the Technical Internship Program which is expected to generate at least 35,000 jobs.

“DOLE is in talks with the Japanese Government. As of now, we are drafting the IRR and they are looking forward for the immediate commencement of the program. There are thousands of job orders from Japan and they want Filipinos to fill the said positions,” Say added.

He said that DOLE is crafting a Memorandum of Understanding with the Israel Delegation for the same reason of hiring Filipino caregivers.

“The Israeli government are expected to hire 200 Filipino care givers per year and this number can increase through the years as their need arises. They also want Filipinos for their unique qualities, skills, hospitality, and care,” added Usec. Say, who also serves as POEA OIC.

Meanwhile, the DOLE cautioned the public against unscrupulous individuals, and agencies who are offering OFWs and interested Filipinos various jobs in Japan and Israel.

“We still caution the public. Avoid persons who assure you of a regular work in Japan and Israel. As of now, discussions are still on-going. We suggest that Filipinos who are planning to work in the said countries to secure proper training and acquire certificates first so that they can immediately be qualified when the recruitment has commenced,” he added. (PNA)

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