Job opportunities available in ASEAN for displaced OFWs in MidEast –DOLE
Filipino workers in the Middle East who may be displaced by the drastic decline in oil prices may take advantage of available job opportunities in the ASEAN region, a Deparment of Labor and Employment (DOLE) official said Monday.
In an interview on News To Go, DOLE spokesman Nicon Fameronag said there are available job orders for workers in the semi- or low-skilled category from South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, and also from Australia and New Zealand.
"Kung pagbalik nila sa Pilipinas halimbawa at gusto nilang mangibang bansa, merong POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) overseas job orders, available na job opportunities dito sa ASEAN at dito sa Pilipinas, maraming mga bakanteng trabaho na ukol sa kanilang mga skills at sa kanilang experience," Fameronag said.
He said under the semi- or low-skilled category are clerks, machine fitters, waiters, laborers, salesmen, production workers, and engineering technicians, among others.
Fameronag said at present, they have not monitored massive retrenchment of Filipino workers in the Middle East due to the oil situation, noting that many Filipinos who are working in oil and gas companies there are not under the semi- or low-skilled category.
"'Yung pagbagsak ng presyo ng langis ay may epekto pero hindi ganon kalaki ang epekto sa mga OFWs kasi ang mga Filipino workers natin sa mga oil and gas companies ay nandodoon sa matataas na puwesto," he said.
"Ang unang hanay ng mga nakararamdam noon ay mga other nationalities na low level ang skills," Fameronag added.
He also said some Filipino workers who were laid off from work were not due to plummeting oil prices.
"Meron tayong report over the past week na sa Jeddah for example, merong mga natanggal sa trabaho sa isang kumpanya, pero 'di related dun sa oil price decline," Fameronag said.
He said the workers were laid off after their company was suspended by the Saudi Arabian government following an incident.
The DOLE official also said 20 Filipino nurses were also terminated from their employment in Qatar because they are aged 55 years and above. —KBK, GMA News