Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday encouraged Filipino workers returning from Korea under the Korean Employment Permit System to avail of the support services offered by the Korean Ministry of Labor and Employment under its Happy Return Program, a press release from DOLE said.
The Happy Return Program offers EPS workers returning to the Philippines free business and skills training such as Business Startup Training, Computer Repair, Beauty and Aesthetic Program, Basic Welding, Basic Korean Language Training, Automobile Repair, and Excavator Operation, among others, the DOLE said.
This program is for the successful reintegration of OFW’s to the country, it added.
In her report, Labatt Bay said the program also entitles a returning EPS worker to apply for a certificate of employment which will contain the workers’ employment history.
The certificate’s primary objective is to facilitate employment application of workers who wish to return and to work again in Korea through job matching or job fairs and on-and off-line job placement service.
Workers may apply for their certificates through personal appearance at any Employment Stability Centers or a regional branch of HRD Korea, or online, at www.eps.go.kr, the press release said.
Recent data from the Ministry of Employment and Labor reported that there are 6,945 Filipino workers in South Korea ending their three years, four years and ten months, and six years work between October 2011 and April 2012.
Last year, a total of 222 Filipino workers availed of the Korean HRD training program. Similarly, the Philippine Embassy, in coordination with POLO, has conducted five financial literacy seminars from January to May this year benefiting one hundred and seventy nine Filipinos, the press release also said.*