Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Ricardo Endaya disclosed during a press conference that despite the increasing number of companies laying off workers, he is glad that Kuwait has not been greatly affected by the economic downturn. Instead, several companies have opened a total of 5,000 jobs for Filipinos.

Amb. Endaya gave this statement during the Philippine Employment & Remittance Summit 2009 held at the Tayba Tent, Movenpick Hotel in the Kuwait Free Trade Zone in Shuwaikh, Kuwait. The ambassador stated that companies in Kuwait will employ staff for hotels, restaurants, as well as semi and skilled workers and health sector workers like nurses and caregivers.

Local manpower recruitment, counterparts from Kuwait and various remittance companies were present during the event, which began last January 27. The event aims to promote skilled Filipino workers to potential employers in Kuwait and to highlight the vital role played by foreign remittance companies in ensuring the fast and safe remittance of overseas Filipino workers to their families.

The Philippines Employment & Remittance Summit 2009 is sponsored by the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in cooperation with the Asian Cultural Network. thanks its following sources:

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