The CALABARZON Committee on Migration and Development (CMD), through the Regional Task Force on Reintegration, led the preparation of a service map for repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that were affected by the 2019 Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The imposition of restrictions in economic activities to curb the spread of the virus in many countries resulted to displacement and repatriation of OFWs. As of June 8, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region IV-A assisted in sending a total of 1,028 stranded repatriated OFWs to their residences in CALABARZON. This is aside from the number of repatriated OFWs transported to the Region by the Central Offices of OWWA and the Department of Transportation. As of May 22, the estimated number of repatriated OFWs in the country is over 28,000.
Recognizing the impact of COVID-19 in the livelihood of repatriated OFWs, a service map was developed to assist repatriated OFWs in adapting to their current situation and provide opportunities for new source of income. The service map provides comprehensive information on reintegration services offered by the national government agencies, local government units and non-government organizations in the Region. The services range from available trainings, grants and loans.
The initial service map was presented during the Second Quarter Meeting of CMD held on June 3, 2020 via video conference. The final output will be uploaded in the Migration and Development (M&D) Academy website that can be accessed at www.mndacademy.org. The M&D Academy is a program under the CMD that provides a venue for sharing best practices and build capacities in M&D.
Jennylyn P. Jucutan, NEDA Region IV-A| June 11, 2020