The Philippine Overseas Labor Office is conducting a series of forum for three consecutive Friday’s starting this coming 27th of May, to be followed on the 3rd of June and 17th of June 2011 respectively at POLO OFW Leaders Lounge inside the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh.
The mentioned forum called Overseas Labor Education Program or OLEP is a noteworthy initiative by then former POLO Labor Attaché Resty Dela Fuente who is currently posted as Labor Attaché in Brussels, Belgium.
In an email sent by POLO Central Region Operations-Welfare Officer Atty. Cesar Chavez the OLEP which is at present dubbed as “OLEP Plus” (Overseas Labor Education Program for Community Leaders) is a program that will give OFWs relevant information and know-how about the host country, its labor laws and its culture and OFWs rights, obligations and privileges as well, recognized by the host country.
POLO/OWWA OLEP Plus, under the mentorship of POLO WelOff Atty. Cesar Chavez is at present designed that consist the following program outline: Basic Community Leadership; Guide on the Salient Provisions of the New Saudi Labor Law; How to assist and handling Distress Calls; Family Law on Support; Trafficking in Person, Money Laundering; RA 10022; Workshop and others.
OLEP Plus ensures the use of common reference and provides correct information to OFWs seeking advice from fellow OFWs.
While human smuggling is the talk of the town allegedly carried out by some POLO officials in Kuwait, the Filipino Community in Saudi Arabia still have very much confidence with our Labor officials particularly in Riyadh and Al Khobar.
OLEP Plus include ground rules of human trafficking and hopefully the “Waiver Policy” at Bahay Kalinga will continue to be enforced to prevent devious officials in releasing or transferring an OFW in distress from one employer to another in exchange for monetary consideration.
The BK “Waiver Policy” also ensures that our ran away female OFWs are protected from further harm done by fellow Filipinos who took advantage of their unfortunate situation.
See you at OLEP Plus! – (BongA)