National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)
More than 120 Filipino migrant workers attended the advocacy campaign of the “Sa Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir” (SPIMS) program in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The event was attended by representatives from various Philippine Schools Overseas (PSOs) in Abu Dhabi as well as other organizations of teachers such as the National Organization of Professional Teachers Inc. (NOPTI) and Filipino International Teachers Society (FITS)-UAE.
Labor Attaché Alejandro Padaen of Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Abu Dhabi delivered the opening remarks and gave his message to the participants of the event. Welfare Officer Melvin Caseda introduced the reintegration programs and services of the NRCO. He also discussed the Comprehensive OFW Reintegration Programs (CORP), the flagship reintegration program of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and NRCO. OIC-Director of NRCO, Mr. Roel Martin, presented the SPIMS Program including the topics on manner of availing, eligibility, and requirements.
Aside from the speakers from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and POLO Abu Dhabi, Mr. Jeffrey Gines of Philippine Normal University (PNU) also participated in the event to discuss the free online refresher course (ORC) provided by the university to potential SPIMS beneficiaries. Mr. Gines highlighted tips and suggestions on how to finish the modules through online learning facility.
In the afternoon, an open forum was facilitated by Mr. Geronico Herrera of NRCO to clarify issues and concerns of the participants regarding the SPIMS program. Some of the issues raised were the waiting period for the granting of the teaching position, manner of school selection, promotion, benefits and bonuses for teachers, and other concerns regarding the SPIMS program.
To conclude the advocacy campaign, Ms. Miriam Paglinawan of FITS-UAE gave her closing remarks and thanked the participants and speakers.
The SPIMS program is an OFW reintegration convergence project of DOLE, Department of Education (DepEd) and other government agencies which provide opportunities for OFW LET passers. ###