Saudi Arabia, Japan in need of nurses; Taiwan of factory workers
Both Saudi Arabia and Japan are in need of foreign nurses, and Filipinos are encouraged to apply, according to a report by GMA News' Sandra Aguinaldo on "Balitanghali" on Friday.
The report, citing the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), said 500 slots for nurses are open in Saudi Arabia and 150 are open in Japan, which is also in need of 600 care workers.
Taiwan, on the other hand, is in need of 50 female factory machine operators and four factory workers.
According to the POEA, the job openings are made possible by government-to-goverment deals, which guarantee employment to qualified applicants.
"Walang babayaran whatsoever except processing fee. P5,000 siguro, mga ganun lang. Kasama na dun yung OWWA, yung PhilHealth," POEA Government Placement Branch Director II Atty. Rosemarie Gondaranios-Duquez said.
Filipino nurses who want to apply in Japan must be aged 20 to 35 years old, must have three years of hospital experience, and must have an active nursing license, the report said.
Nursing graduates, aged 20 to 35, who have yet to pass the board exam with a diploma from a four-year course and caregiver certification from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are also welcome to apply as careworkers in Japan, it added.
"After na sila ay ma pre-qualified or selected initially, sila ay bibigyan ng six months para mag-training ng Japanese language. At ang isa pang maganda rito, habang sila ay nagti-training, ay meron po silang natatanggap na allowance at free accommodation," Duquez said.
Applicants to Saudi Arabia need to have three years' worth of experience working as a nurse or in a nursing-related field.
The POEA reminded the public that these vacancies are only available through the government agency as it warned against illegal recruiters. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News