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POLO local hires get reprieve

08 January 2017

Labatt de la Torre asked for reprieve for the local hires 
Six local hires at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Hong Kong have been given more time to remain at their posts after the Department of  Labor and Employment put off a plan to replace them with organic staff from Manila.
The move is in line with DOLE’s staff realignment for all overseas posts.
According to a POLO insider, two of the so-called local hires would reportedly leave for Manila soon to undergo training on overseas deployment under the supervision of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The training will hopefully allow them to assume permanent items in Manila that will pave for their eventual overseas deployment once DOLE’s plan is set in motion. It is not clear whether they would be allowed to return to their POLO posts after the training.
In their absence, DOLE has allowed POLO to recruit two local hires on emergency basis. Several people have reportedly applied for the newly opened posts but their credentials are awaiting evaluation by Labor Attache Jalilo de la Torre, who will be returning from vacation on Jan 12.
One of the six, meanwhile, is applying for a transfer to the Overseas Workers Welfare Office in Hong Kong, which is also attached to POLO, while two other local hires remain as drivers of the labor office. Their future likewise remains uncertain.
The local hires’ immediate relief was put on hold after Labor Attache Jalilo de la Torre asked the DOLE head office to spare them the axe because of the heavy workload in Hong Kong over the holiday season.
During this period, POLO staff including Labatt De la Torre, had to work even at weekends and holidays to speed up the processing of exemptions for the overseas employment certificate for thousands of home-bound OFWs. – Vir B. Lumicao
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