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More job opportunities abroad available for Pinoys

February 13, 2022 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 537 views

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has announced that there are more job opportunities abroad available for nurses, truck drivers, and the IT sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

POEA deputy administrator Bong Plan said that the pandemic has created more job opportunities for the said professions.

“Dahil din po sa pandemic na ito, nagkakaroon po tayo ng mas maraming opportunities particularly sa professionals natin like nurses, truck drivers natin kailangan na kailangan. And of course, sa IT sector natin marami na rin pong demand pagdating sa overseas employment,” he said.

Plan pointed out that while demand for overseas Filipino workers was lower compared to the pre-pandemic period, their deployment is gradually increasing since 2021.

“The industry that had a quite high demand and easily recovered is the seafaring industry,” he said, adding, however, that land-based deployment is recovering at a much slower pace.

The deputy administrator said the POEA is already drafting its guidelines for the resumption of deployment to Taiwan, following the Taiwanese government’s lifting of its ban on the entry of migrant workers.

Under the guidelines, the recruitment agencies of OFWs must shoulder the required quarantine protocol expenses.

Taiwan will open its doors to migrant workers starting February 15.

Plan said POEA estimated that there are about 40,000 OFWs that are set to be deployed in Taiwan.

“As of now, we have ‘in the pipeline’ (awaiting processing) of about 5,000 workers going to Taiwan,” he bared.