READY TO SERVE. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region XI Regional Coordinating Council members headed by DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao together with other stakeholders during the formal launching and ribbon cutting ceremony of the region’s Assist WELL Processing Center on Monday.

DAVAO CITY – IN ORDER to hasten the delivery of the growing need for assistance of returning and repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the Department of Labor and Employment Region XI – Regional Coordinating Council (DOLE-RCC) launched on Monday, February 15, the region’s Assist WELL Processing Center.

The program aims to address Welfare, Employment, Legal and Livelihood (WELL) needs of overseas workers. It is also pursuant to DOLE Department Order No. 139-14, Series of 2014.

“The Assist WELL Program is specifically for OFWs that are going to be affected by the unfavorable employment scenario in the Middle East as of this time,” said DOLE XI Regional Director lawyer Joffrey M. Suyao, who led the launching ceremony.

Director Suyao added that given with the present situation there, the program will be helping thousands of OFWs whom may be affected.

Present operations of the center will focus on developing a database for returning OFWs from the Middle East Region.

Here in Davao region, the processing center management committee is composed of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO).

Services offered by the center include: stress debriefing/counseling, local and overseas employment referral/placement, livelihood assistance, legal assistance/conciliation services, and competency assessment and training assistance.

The region’s Assist WELL Processing Center is located at the DOLE Davao City Field Office at third floor AMQ Bldg., Corner Dacudao Ave. and Lakandula St., Agdao, Davao City. Concerned OFWs may visit said office or call our NRCO focal person Ms. Rea B. Sa-an at 0922.8261.563 / 0946.415.9769. DOLEXI / KMGL