Filipino workers repatriated from Saudi Arabia need not worry about their situation back in the country.
President Duterte has promised to provide financial, livelihood, and education assistance to the displaced workers following their arrival in Manila yesterday.
In the welcome ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, the President offered P5,000 to each of the 129 returning workers who lost their jobs due to the slump in oil prices.
Until they find new employment, Duterte said the overseas Filipino workers would also be enrolled in government’s Conditional Cash Transfer program that includes monthly rice subsidy.
“Sabihin lang ninyo ang totoo. Kung may trabaho na kayo, then I’d stop the assistance. In the meantime, I’ll give it to you para may sigurado may bigas kayo sa mesa ninyo,” he said in his remarks.
The President said his office would pay for the education of the children of poor OFWs in public schools. “Diretso ang billing sa Office of the President. Marami ta-yong bangkong mapagnakawan,” he said in jest.
Workers may also avail themselves of government financing if they plan to start their own small business, he added.
“In the meantime, if it spells hunger for your family, do not hesitate to call me. 8888, o pumunta ka sa Malacañang,” he said.
He likewise assured the returning OFWs about his government’s resolve to boost economic growth and generate more jobs at home.
“We are not so bad actually, okay naman ang ekonomiya natin. Maghintay-hintay lang kayo ng – bigyan mo lang ako konting panahon. Aayusin ko lang and ekonomiya, at ang may opportunity for you to work here,” he said.
(Genalyn D. Kabiling)