Tokyo Labor Office to hold re-integration program

saul_de_vries_1.JPGThe Philippine Overseas Labor Office-Tokyo Welfare Officer Saul de Vries is coordinating the reintegration and mainstreaming planning exercise slated February 11, 2007 in Tokyo.

The Philippine Labor Office-Tokyo is organizing a strategic planning exercise among Filipino community organizations that are interested in reintegration and mainstreaming programs for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) on February 11, 2007 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Philippine Embassy in Roppongi, Tokyo.

A follow-up activity to the business forum held in September of last year in Tokyo, this event is organized in response to the need to sustain the interest of Filipinos in Japan in reintegration and economic mainstreaming.

A common problem for Filipinos who return voluntarily or are repatriated forcibly by their host foreign governments is re-adjusting economically in their home country. Bereft of plans and sometimes without savings, returning Filipinos feel economically dislocated once home and think only of when next to go out of the country. Although remittances from OFW’s are expected to breach the US $13 billion mark this year, most of this foreign exchange inflow goes to consumption and not to investment.

According to Reydeluz D. Conferido, Labor Attache, “We hope to draw up an integrated reintegration and economic mainstreaming plan for overseas Filipino workers and other Filipinos in Japan. Such plan will serve as an action guide for the network of program implementers, which is also expected to be established during the planning exercise.”

He adds that the plan will help determine possible areas of collaboration and complementation among programs implementers to reach more beneficiaries and achieve greater impact.

Different organizations sharing this objective are requested to send representatives to present their respective reintegration and economic mainstreaming programs.

For details, interested parties are requested to call Welfare Officer Saul T. de Vries, Ms. Marieta A. Lumawag or Ms. Marivic Cabilla at telephone numbers 03-5562-1573 or 03-5562-1574.