- DOLE plans to conduct a week-long job fair in the Middle East
- About 18,000 jobs will be provided by ex-Sen. Manny Villar
- DepEd needs 2,000 teachers
- Bello believes OFWs would prefer the jobs they offer because of the benefits of living with family
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is planning to conduct a week-long job fair in Qatar and Saudi Arabia with about 20,000 jobs available for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who want to go home for good.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III revealed the 18,000 jobs will be provided by former Senator Manuel Villar who’s purportedly looking for skilled workers as he is in the construction business.
For the meantime, Bello said they are getting the profiles of the OFWs and then they’ll meet with Villar to check on what they need, according to Manila Standard,
Bello believes OFWs would prefer the jobs they offer despite the gap in salary because of the psychological benefits of living a normal life with their families.
GMA News quoted him as saying, “Although we cannot provide siguro ‘yung equal level of salary. Alam kong magandang maghanap ng trabahong mataas, pero you have to realize the social implication of our OFWs going abroad to look for jobs so they can have money for their families at the expense of leaving their family.
“Kung ang difference lang isang libo, dalawang libo, I think they will prefer to stay in because it means having a natural life, a normal life with your family.”
The Department of Education, in addition, needs some 2,000 teachers.
Bello said he will send a team headed by Philippine Overseas Employment (POEA) Bernard Olalia to conduct the search.
The job search would be a reverse as it aims to bring the Filipino workers back in the country.
DOLE prioritizes displaced workers in Qatar.