By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is hoping to get an additional P2 billion for its budget for 2019.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he appealed for an increase in their budget so as to assist overseas Filipino workers in need of repatriation.
“We will never know when there will be a necessity to repatriate our OFWs,” he said in an interview.
“We cannot always rely on the generosity of the host country,” Bello added.
The labor chief cited the assistance the country received from Middle East countries in the past.
“We were very lucky we got assistance from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia. But what if they do not,” Bello added.
To note, DOLE submitted a budget proposal of P17 billion but was only provided with more than P13-billion budget for next year.
Bello however clarified he is not complaining about their budget.
“I am not complaining but it is a fact that we are one of the agencies with the lowest budget allocation,” he said.
Bello also revealed the bulk of their proposed budget is for OFWs.