Mayor Jerry TreAas, through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), is urging barangay officials in the metropolis to have an inventory of their residents working abroad.
I am requesting all our barangays if they have an inventory of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) for us to know where they are and how many are affected, he said in an interview Thursday.
The initiative was in the light of the crisis happening in Middle East, to determine who and how many of the city residents are working as OFWs, what country they are located, and who are affected.
I was very surprised that it was only Barangay Calumpang that has a survey of OFWs in their barangay, he said.
The mayor hopes the inventory will already be available by next week.
Meantime, TreAas said the city government will no longer establish its help desk and instead coordinate with the provincial government.
The provincial government of Iloilo, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) established the help desk at the provincial capitol starting Friday to cater to those whose relatives are working in the Middle East.
We are already coordinating with the provincial PESO for their help desk, he said.
The mayor added that the city's PESO is also coordinating with DOLE on what assistance can be provided to OFWs who will be displaced.
Based on OWWA 6 data, there are 25 OFWs from Western Visayas who are working in Iran while five are in Iraq.
Source: Philippines News Agency