By Liza Soriano
Illustration courtesy of Market Business News
MANILA — Infrastructure development might aid in the reintegration of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Senator JV Ejercito said Wednesday.
Ejercito instructed representatives of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) to research how returning OFWs may profit from the nation’s infrastructure and industrialization plans during a session of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs.
“Yung sa mga OFWs natin, probably in the long term, kung talagang matuloy itong industrialization natin at matapos yung mga infrastructure, yung integration ng OFWs, that should be part of the long-term plan of the DMW,” he said.
“When the infrastructure is already in place, I think with the creation of the growth nodes, we can already include the reintegration of our OFWs in this long-term comprehensive master plan,” he added.
Migrant Workers Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac said the agency will expand its current reintegration program, which has already assisted returning engineers and teachers.
“Meron na tayong mga karanasan. Siguro, ibrobroaden nalang natin at lalakihan nalang natin ang scale para po mas marami ang makabalik at makapagtrabaho,” he said.