Thousands of jobs to open for Filipinos in Japan

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  • DOLE is set to ink an agreement with the Japan government in November
  • This is for the opening of jobs in Japanese private institutions
  • Japan has amended its law on employing foreign nationals

Filipinos seeking jobs abroad may soon want to look into listings available in Japan.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced that there thousands of  jobs for skilled and professional Filipinos in the fellow Asian country.

DOLE Undersecretary Bernard Olalia, who handles the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), said this will come once the country inks the memorandum of understanding with Japan in November.

“We talked last week doon sa Ministry of Health and Labor and Ministry of Justice ng Japan. They are opening their markets for our skilled and semi-skilled workers,” said the labor official.

[We talked last week with the Ministry of Health and Labor and Ministry of Justice of Japan. They are opening their markets for our skilled and semi-skilled workers.]

According to Olalia, the agreement comes as Japan amends its law on foreign workers to accommodate other nationals to become part of their labor force. He cited that this law has limited deployment to Japan at 1,900 since 2009.

The government used to send overseas Filipino workers to Japan but only through the government to government framework wherein they work in Japanese government institutions.

Under the new track, workers such as nurses, architects and engineers may apply for jobs in private firms. DOLE, however, clarified that prospective workers must go through recruitment agencies and the POEA.

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