Posted on April 9th, 2009
Singapore, in its expansion of the Resort World at Sentosa Island, will open about 5,000 new jobs which will be available for Filipinos, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said. The president sent a delegation last month to Singapore to explore possible job opportunities for migrant Filipino workers in the face of the global economic crisis.
The delegation that went to Singapore was led by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Jennifer Manalili and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Marianito Roque. They went to discuss available slots for Filipino workers with Tan Hee Teck, chief executive officer of Resorts World. Manalili said that they (Resort World) are expanding and there will be openings for workers for hotels, casinos and performers.
â€œUniversal Studios will also have a theme park so they told us they want to hire Filipino talents and performers. They noted that Filipinos are good in music and in dance so they might come here to conduct auditions either next month or in June,â€ she added. They, or a different delegation team, will be sent again to Singapore in May to finalize the discussions requirements for Filipino workers.
Resorts World hopes to open four of its six hotels by the early part of 2010, where they expect to fill up some 10,000 job vacancies. These vacancies are broken down as follows: 3,000 will be for the casino, 3,000 for the theme park operations and about 4,000 for hotels and other entertainment facilities.
Aside from Singapore, Roque also said that there are more than 100,000 jobs available in Qatar, while other emirates within the United Arab Emirates reportedly were also prepared to absorb Filipino construction workers who were laid off in Dubai.