LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN— The Provincial Government of Pangasinan, through the Public Employment Services Office (PESO), granted over P1.3 million to some 323 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from January 2023 to September 30, 2023.
Said financial assistance is distributed to distressed OFWs or their affected families and encourages them to become self-reliant by starting their own small businesses.
In addition, PESO conducted 30 pre-employment orientation seminars with the Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking in Persons Campaign in various localities, which benefited some 5,756 Pangasinenses, notably students, teachers, jobseekers for local and overseas employment, OFWs and their families, municipal and barangay officials, and government employees.
Three Capability Building on Migration and Development Programs in the western, eastern, and central parts of Pangasinan were conducted and participated in by 128 participants, which consisted of migrant desk officers (MDOs) from various local government units (LGUs) and OFW Family Association Presidents of different towns and cities.
The seminars, as reported by PESO Chief Richelle Raguindin, aimed to re-capacitate the MDOs and OFW family association presidents with regards to the province’s migration and development program.
Recently, Governor Ramon “Mon Mon” V. Guico III reiterated his call to intensify programs and projects that are geared to assist and protect the province’s OFWs, who are considered unsung heroes, amid the untimely passing of a Pangasinense OFW who hails from San Jacinto town.
(Ruby R. Bernardino/Pangasinan PIO)