Posted by: heatsschoolofweldingtechnology | March 3, 2009

GMA: Plenty of jobs available for Pinoy workers despite financial crisis

(An excerpt from Philstar –  – This is one more proof  that Welding Job is in-demand overseas)

By Marvin Sy Updated March 03, 2009 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo reiterated yesterday that there are plenty of jobs available for Filipino workers here and abroad in spite of the global financial crisis. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said 500,000 jobs are available overseas exclusively for Filipino workers, and they just need to fill these up with qualified people.

Mrs. Arroyo, who convened an overseas employment forum yesterday at Malacañang, said the challenge is in matching the available jobs to the skills of the workers.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque admitted that a lot of the job seekers do not have the skills necessary for a many of the jobs available overseas.

Roque said a lot of the demand overseas, particularly in the Middle East, is focused on skilled labor.

With the construction sector growing rapidly in the Middle East, Roque said the demand is for workers with the skills necessary to undertake construction work.

DOLE and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have responded to the directive of the President and have been training a lot of displaced and unemployed Filipinos on the skills needed to secure jobs overseas.

Roque said the government is trying to bring the jobs to the people in order to facilitate employment.

He said several interview facilities equipped with Internet connected computers and video cameras have been set up in the provinces.

With these facilities, applicants would no longer have to travel to Manila to apply for the jobs since the DOLE could already conduct interviews via the Internet.

According to Roque, the total number of retrenched overseas Filipino workers remained at 5,000.

Meanwhile, more than 150 land- and sea-based recruitment firms have committed to back job generation and preservation in a communiqué presented to the President.

The communiqué contains the list of measures that the recruitment industry and concerned government agencies would pursue to prevent the displacement of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Roque said the measures include “aggressive investments” in skills training and skills management, streamlining of recruitment processes and policies and sharing of government and private sector registry of workers.

The measures also call for the strengthening of welfare and protection mechanisms of workers, review of prevailing salary standards, and the conduct of bilateral missions for the protection of OFWs onsite.

TESDA director general Augusto Syjuco, on the other hand, urged unemployed Filipinos to consider his agency’s skills training and retraining courses, which are matched to the jobs available overseas.

Syjuco said TESDA has accommodated a number of individuals with degrees in the popular management courses and trained them on skills such as welding, which is in demand in the Middle East.

“What the employers are looking for are skills and not diplomas hanging from the ceilings,” Syjuco said.

On the domestic front, the President expressed optimism that there are still jobs available even though several businesses have already closed shop or have undertaken cost cutting measures.

Mrs. Arroyo noted that professional service provider Grant Thornton, in its business survey report, indicated that many Philippine companies would continue to hire more people and even raise salaries despite the global slowdown.          – With Sheila Crisostomo



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    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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  4. Considering the quality of overseas workers the Philippines is producing, the government has the utmost responsibility of providing benefits and excellent trainings to these expatriate workers.

  5. Yes that is true

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