MANILA - US President-elect Donald Trump's protectionist stand could slow demand for Filipino workers, according to an overseas job portal.
Trump, who will assume office in January, has promised to grow the US economy by creating more jobs, a move that could also affect the country's business process outsourcing industry.
"There might be an effect on demand for OFWs, but let's hope for the best," said Rhea Suiza, business unit head of WorkAbroad.ph.
Suiza said Filipino workers who could be displaced in the US could look for opportunities in emerging destinations like New Zealand, Qatar and Germany.
The government is looking into the impact of Trump's policies on overseas Filipinos, said Robert Larga, licensing and regulation director at the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency.
"Deployment is still ongoing. We are on wait and see mode if policies are going to take place as promised during his campaign," he said.