Monday, March 3, 2008

Canada Desk for OFWs’ Deployment to Canada

The Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Arturo Brion has issued Administrative Order No. 53, series of 2008. The Administrative Order will provide a desk for OFWs bond to Canada. The desk will be set up at the Office of the DoLE Secretary in Intramuros, Manila.

The Canadian Desk will cater queries and other concerns relating to the deployment of OFWs to Canada. The Director of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Salome Mendoza will head the desk.

According to Secretary Brion, the Canadian Desk will coordinates with the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Manitoba in matters related to the deployment of OFWs in these provinces. However, the POEA, still, will continue to handle the actual deployment activities. The Desk will also cater concerns from workers who are seeking for jobs in Canada.

Canada, particularly the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Manitoba highly needed Filipino workers. Alberta is currently booming in its oil and gas industry and might hires some 400,000 workers in the next two years. On the other hand, hospitality and construction workers are needed in British Columbia, since it will host the 2010 Winter Olympics. The province will need some 30,000 contract and permanent migrant workers.

Canada is also in need of workers in the healthcare and education sectors. For more details, the DOLE-POEA Desk can be reached through its hotline number (02) 523-3633 or e-mail address


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