Posted on January 4th, 2010
More jobs await Filipinos overseas this year. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said that Filipinos, particularly nurses, caregivers and factory workers, can look forward to more jobs in Japan and South Korea.
Jennifer Manalili, POEA administrator, said that they hoping to deploy more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Japan and South Korea this 2010. “The number of those to be hired will depend on the need of hospitals in Japan, but we hope to capture the remaining 700 slots,” she said.
Medical facilities in the said countries, said Manalili, have given positive assessment on the first batch of health workers deployed. She also noted that the Philippines last year deployed 283 Filipino nurses and caregivers to Japan.
According to POEA, six of those were deployed last year were not able to finish their contract. The agency said they are now undertaking efforts to avoid similar incidences from occurring, by improving their screening process.
The Philippine government entered into an agreement with Japan to facilitate the hiring of at least 1,000 Filipino nurses and caregivers.
Manalili announced that their office would soon be starting the pre-employment orientation for the second batch of Filipino nurses and caregivers to be deployed in Japan. The POEA official said applicants who have registered online and maintained their active status through the POEA e-registration system will go through the orientation.
January 15 is the deadline for qualified applicants to register online. Those who will be able to complete their documents early will be given priority.
Meanwhile, Manalili said that South Korea is looking to hire about 6,000 factory workers. She advised those who wish to work in South Korea to register for the Korean Language Test (KLT). Applicants may register online and POEA will notify the pre-qualified applicants in early January.