Despite reports of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) retrenched in the Middle East due to the drop of oil prices in the world market, job applications continue to pour in.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said there are still many available job opportunities. They also denied the vast retrenchment of OFWs ongoing in the Middle East, though they admitted that the problem could worsen. They said they are preparing job opportunities in other countries for affected OFWs.
There is a demand for construction workers in New Zealand, Costa Rica, Russia, Poland, and other countries in Eastern Europe. Health care workers are needed in Japan and Germany. Meanwhile, oil rig workers are needed in Papua New Guinea.
DOLE secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the government is ready to help OFWs. They can already apply for job opportunities in the government Web site.
OFW Ike Pantallon said he was retrenched during the Iraq war but was able to get a job in Qatar after three months. He continues to work there. He told fellow OFWs not to lose hope.
Meanwhile, there are job opportunities in many industries in the Philippines, which include construction, tourism, business process outsourcing, retail, manufacturing, and mining. However, most OFWs are concerned about the low salary, which is why cooperation between the government and the private sector is needed.
Source : ABS-CBN News