Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have reported that more jobs in Guam, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar are under negotiation.

POEA Administrator Jennifer Jardin – Manalili reported to the press recently that the Philippine Government is looking at 15,000 – 20,000 jobs in Guam for Filipinos. This U.S. territory will need manpower for the construction projects of the new military facilities relocated from Okinawa, Japan to Guam. Administrator Manalili also disclosed that Guam employers have expressed preference in hiring Filipino workers.

Meanwhile, DOLE Secretary Marianito Roque stated that Saudi Arabia is set to go through massive construction projects while Qatar will provide additional working visas, opening doors to more Filipinos wishing to work abroad.

Sec. Roque estimates around 60,000 workers will be needed for the construction projects in the Middle East. Furthermore, the Labor Secretary disclosed that Qatar will add 20,000 more working visas on the 120,000 the government has allocated for Filipino workers.

Sec. Roque also revealed that a group of employers from France and Singapore are coming to Manila to study the possibility of hiring Filipino workers for their companies. With the overwhelming number of job vacancies abroad, Sec. Roque pointed out that the challenge for the government is to generate the qualified workers to fill in the demands.

Administrator Manalili also reminded those who intend to apply for the following overseas jobs to check the legitimacy of the recruitment agency they are dealing with and verify the existence of job and company they will work for.

However, recruitment industry leader Emmanuel Geslani said, in his interview with Manila Bulletin, that POEA has yet to resolve the conflicts between their standard job contract and the labor law of Guam which require workers to pay for their food and accommodation expenses. Also, Guam labor laws require workers to pay 28 percent tax on their earnings. thanks its following sources:

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