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Other countries offer more opportunities for OFWs: POEA

MANILA, Philippines — As the country continues to negotiate Bilateral Labor Agreements (BLAs) with host countries, more opportunities abroad will be accessible to would-be overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Bernard Olalia, the head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), said on Thursday that markets are opening up for Filipinos who are skilled, professionals, and health workers, among other things.

Olalia stated during the Laging Handa briefing that Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III is now in Germany signing an agreement for the deployment of Filipino employees.

He added that, in addition to Germany, the United Kingdom (UK) is searching for medical personnel.

“Skilled and professionals in Japan, factory employees in Taiwan, factory workers in Korea, skilled workers in New Zealand and Australia,” he added.

“Skilled employees are also needed in Romania, Croatia, and Hungary,” the POEA administrator added.

Simultaneously, he stated that Filipinos employed as hotel staff in Israel had already been deployed.

“We started sending hotel employees to Israel. They’re the ones whose deployment was pushed back due to the pandemic. “(Some) 61 were the first to deploy, followed by another 400,” Olalia claimed.

He went on to say that in addition to hotel personnel, the country also sends out caretakers.

“For OFWs, there are 35,000 employment openings.” In Israel, around 2,000 caregivers are now deployed. There are additional 2,600 soldiers who are awaiting their deployment dates. “So many people want to work in Israel,” he remarked.

The signing of a BLA between the host and deploying countries is critical in ensuring that employees’ rights are safeguarded and their welfare is encouraged.

Other Asian, European, and Middle Eastern nations have labor agreements with the Philippines.

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