POEA: Over 600,000 jobs available
Overseas employment is a significant part of our country’s economy. Remittances from the millions of Filipinos abroad worth a total of US.8 billion made up a tenth of the Philippines GDP last year.
I asked Atty. Cao about reports that overseas deployment for the first quarter of this year is down almost three percent from the same period the previous year: from 395,189 to 380,188. Atty. Cao said the decline is largely due to the recent conflicts in the Middle East, including Libya, where many OFWs were forced to return to the country in the midst of the turmoil.
However, Atty. Cao said the numbers will soon pick up due mainly to the large number of confirmed job orders for Filipino workers in 129 countries totaling 675, 143. When filled, this would reach up to over a million deployments which would be at par with previous years’ figures.
According to Atty. Cao, President Noynoy Aquino has issued an order not only to focus on increasing overseas employment figures per se, but also on what he terms as quality employment, meaning deploying a higher number of professionals and highly-skilled workers abroad.
Examples in Singapore where the majority of workers are professionals and the minority are household service employees as well as in Indonesia where there are no domestic helpers and Filipinos are employed in high corporate positions show that such a target can be reached.
Everyone interested in seeking opportunities abroad can either go to POEA or check the POEA website (www.poea.gov.ph) for job listings.