Tuesday, March 10, 2009

More Jobs for OFWs in Saudi

Saudi Arabia is not affected of the global financial crisis, since there are more than one million jobs available in the country for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) according to the Saudi Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid.

The prince said that Saudi is looking for 6,000 doctors and nurses mostly in the cities of Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam, in the next three years. They will also need more engineers and other skilled workers.

“We will be increasing the number of Filipinos in Saudi…The global economic crisis will not affect the people of the Philippines in Saudi,” the prince said.

“We are targeting an increase of above the current one million Filipinos in Saudi and this is the first time that we will welcome Filipino doctors [to] Saudi,” he added.

The Saudi ambassador to Manila Mohammed Ameen Wali said that Filipino workers who have been retrenched in the United States and Europe due to the financial crisis are now looking for jobs in Saudi.

“Every day, we process at least 800 to 900 jobs for Filipinos here [in the embassy] for deployment in Saudi. They are the ones who have lost their jobs in the US and Europe,” he said.

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