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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Great opportunies waiting for OFWs in Middle East inspite of employment problems - DFA

In spite of several employment problems Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are facing while working in the Middle East, there is no reason to advise Filipinos not to find work in that region.  This is the statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) despite massive employment problems like abuse and maltreatment to domestic helpers, no salary, nationalization, and many other.  Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Hjayceelyn Quintana of the Office of the Middle East and African Affairs says. "You know traveling in this region really open your eyes to many possibilities,”



(Watch:Bandila: Duterte rejects ban on Saudi deployment)

In spite of several employment problems Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are facing while working in the Middle East, there is no reason to advise Filipinos not to find work in that region.

This is the statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) despite massive employment problems like abuse and maltreatment to domestic helpers, no salary, nationalization, and many other.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Hjayceelyn Quintana of the Office of the Middle East and African Affairs says. "You know traveling in this region really open your eyes to many possibilities,”


“Sometimes, of course, there are OFWs that will encounter some trouble, but if you put that into a context of how many are there in these regions at the moment, I would probably say that there are still, you know, some good things that we can expect.”

Last year, thousands of OFW left stranded and jobless in Saudi Arabia due to the closure of their companies as a result of oil slumps. Others suffer from non-payment of wages from 2 to 6 months.


(Some of the stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia last year)
“What we really would like to highlight is that the trend that we are seeing is that these Middle East countries are diversifying,” said Quintana. “They are diversifying and lessening their dependence on oil.”

Quintana added that because of this diversification program, there are sectors that are affected but also, there are new opportunities created for OFWs who wants to work in the Middle East.

(Watch:OFW Deployment Ban sa Middel East, posibleng ipatupad ni DOLE Sec. Bello)


Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is planning to review the existing deployment ban of OFWs to Libya.

“We have an existing moratorium on sending our OFWs to Libya and I want to have it reviewed because, according to Libyan nationals, there are areas of Libya that are already peaceful, like the oil fields which are protected by the military," said Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say.

Say even said that last March, there were Libyan employers went to the labor department saying they are in need of Filipino workers, especially in oil companies.
(Watch: Pagtatanggal sa Deployment Ban sa Libya, pinag-aaralan na ng pamahalaan)

“But I told them my hands are tied because we have an existing ban,” Say said. “But they insisted that, as far as the oil industry is concerned, it is safe because it is being protected by the Libyan military. But hospitals remain at high risk.”

“They need hundreds of Filipino workers,” he added. “They want Filipinos specifically because of their work attitude and they're being fluent in English.”

Currently, there’s a partial deployment ban of workers to Libya, which means only returning OFWs to Libya have been allowed to go to the war-torn country.




Nursing and caregiving jobs in Japan will be available for Filipinos very soon as a result of an agreement the Philippines has entered into Japanese government.GMA news reported that there are up to 35,000 vacancies for nurses and caregivers where Filipinos can apply.





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