‘Kin of OFWs in China can tap support of Iloilo help desk’

first_imgILOILO – In relation to the growingconcern about the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) thatoriginated in Wuhan City, China, the provincial government here opened its overseasFilipino workers’ (OFWs) desk to cater to clients in the affected areas.  Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said on Jan. 30the government will welcome concerns from families, mainly the Ilonggos, whosefamily members are working in China.          In order to extend appropriateassistance, Defensor wanted to know the plan of the national government for theOFWs in China. It is being manned by the personnel ofthe Public Employment Services Office (PESO), Department of Labor andEmployment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and Overseas WorkersWelfare Administration, among others.  “I requested them (in the help desk) ifthey can ask because I want to know how many Filipinos are working in Wuhan,” Defensoradded. The OFW help desk, located at the IloiloProvincial Capitol, was established for Filipinos abroad during the tensionbetween Iran and the United States.     Upon the governor’s observance that theOFW desk could cater various overseas-related concerns, Defensor said healready talked with PESO-Iloilo chief Francisco Heller in making the help deskpermanent. “We ask for the decision of the nationalgovernment like – do we extract, or repatriate our fellow Filipinos there,” he said. “We are going to write a letter topartner agencies and ask them if we can make it permanent. We want toinstitutionalize the help desk for the families of our OFWs,” said Defensor.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img