Despite news on retrenchment and layoffs, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) announced that there are several job vacancies here and abroad.

In an interview with DOLE Secretary Marianito Roque by, the Bureau of Local Employment Statistics has recorded around 50,000 local and overseas job vacancies. Some of the jobs scouted by the department through the official government site for Philippine jobs, are: domestic helper, customer service agent, call center agent, nurse, delivery driver, medical representative, store supervisor, cashier, optometrist and safety engineer.

Meanwhile, the POEA stated that there are still 400,000 jobs available for Filipinos abroad. POEA Administrator Jennifer Manalili said that the number of jobs is based on reports from Philippine labor offices abroad, embassies, and related agencies.

Administrator Manalili adds that although there are sectors and countries affected by the global economic crisis, there are still other sectors that have opened its doors to Filipino migrant workers and the Middle East, in particular, remains open to hiring Filipino workers.

For the retrenched overseas Filipino workers (OFW), DOLE Deputy Administrator Teresita R. Manzala, head of National Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers (NRCO), advised displaced OFWs to avail of the free services and pertinent programs of the center in partnership with other agencies geared towards assisting retrenched OFWs. thanks its following sources:

DOLE News. Gov’t urges workers displaced by global economic crisis to register in Phil-Jobnet system (Posted January 31, 2009) Retrieved February 6, 2009

Jaymalin, Mayen and Paolo Romero, 50,000 jobs await displaced workers – DOLE (Posted February 2, 2009) Retrieved February 6, 2009

Tan, Kimberly Jane T., GMANews.TV 400,000 jobs still available for Filipinos abroad – POEA (Posted February 3, 2009) Retrieved February 6, 2009–POEA