The Embassy of the Republic of Philippines in Kuwait, Philippine Overseas Labor Office and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration held its 7th On Site Labor Education Program (OLEP) at the Dasman hall of the Radisson Blu hotel on 18 December. The occasion was attended by representatives from different Filipino organizations Philippine Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa, Philippine Labor Attaché Cesar Chavez Jr., staff of the labor and consular offices of the embassy.
Under the theme ‘Sa Pinas ikaw ang ma’am at sir’ (In the Philippines you are the Mam and Sir), hopes to lure back licensed and certified teaches who work in semi-skilled and non-skilled work sectors in Kuwait to return to the Philippines and work in the same field in anticipation for the need for more teachers due to the implementation of additional years in school. “This program is an OFW reintegration convergence project of DOLE, DepEd, and other government agencies such as PRC, CHED, TESDA and PNU among others. It provides opportunities for OFWs and LET passers to return, find employment and practice their profession as teachers,” said Atty Chavez Jr. Included in the program were the qualifications needed, how to apply, enrollment procedures for online refresher courses and step by step instructions for applicants.
The 7th OLEP also detailed the consular services provided by Consular Supervisor Fidelis Apalisok, Assistance to Nationals Unit by Ramon Nerida, Pag-Ibig Fund by Mahmoud Khalil, Social Security System by Jun Eribal, OWWA on-site services by Nestor Burayag, and the latest topic discussed was the Kuwait Government issuances affecting OFWs and the reintegration program for teachers by Atty Cesar Chavez.
In an interview with community leader, Honesto Doctolero, said that teachers currently working in Kuwait should be able to weigh their priorities based on their income and make the best decision for their careers. The event culminated with the awarding of certificates of attendance to those who came to participate in the event.
By Ricky Laxa