By: Margie L. Gadian
SAN JOSE, Antique – The campaign against illegal recruitment, trafficking in persons and irregular migration is strengthened with the continued information campaign being conducted by the MDG-F Joint Programme on Youth, Employment and Migration (MDG-Yem) with the support of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
A Pre-Employment Orientation Programme: Trainor's Training and orientation seminar on the Campaign Against Illegal Recruitment, Trafficking in Persons and Irregular Migration (CAIRTIM) will take-off May 23-24, 2012 at the Antique Youth and Migrant Center, AID Center, New Capitol Annex here.
The training will not only advance a strengthened and simplified education and information dissemination campaign program but also hopes to achieve a common goal in reaching out to the municipalities and provinces with high incidence of illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons.
The training will gather representatives from the academe, faith-based groups and non-government organizations as well as social institutions like the church, media and the community in the province.
In a report given by Ms. Gemma Rose Pedregosa, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Coordinator, Antique has a total of 10,733 Overseas Filipino Worker's (OFW's) with those working in land - 6,296; and at sea - 4,437. From this number, more females are working in land while most men work at sea. Of the female workers more work as household service workers and caregivers. When it comes to seafarers, Antique contributes a lot to making Panay Island the number one provider.
Of the towns here, the ones with the most number of OFWs are San Jose, Sibalom and Hamtic. On the other hand, the towns with the least OFWs are Caluya, Libertad and Valderrama.