Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Globe launches DOLE call, text, and online hotline service

DOLE and Globe champion the cause of Pinoy workers here and abroad
Globe Telecom firmly believes in the Filipino workers as the country’s modern-day heroes. This is the reason why Globe partners with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to help our modern-day heroes every step of the way.

CALL 2917 (FREE calls for Globe and TM)
Need help on work and livelihood programs? Call a DOLE, OWWA, OR POEA representative now. Just dial 2-917. Free for all Globe and Globe Landlines subscribers!

TEXT DOLE and send to 2910
Always on the go? Ask a DOLE, OWWA, POEA representative via text. Just key in DOLE and send to 2910. You can also register your mobile number to receive alerts from DOLE on job vacancies, and other updates.

Visit www.dole2917.com.ph for more information

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fresh Grads Urge to Take Vocational Courses

The recruitment industries urged high school graduates to enroll for technical or vocational courses for a greater chance of employment since many of available jobs abroad require technical skills.

“The growing mismatch of workers' skills and the need of the industry have resulted to several overseas job vacancies unfilled by OFWs. It’s a matter of choice for students who might want to start a career abroad,” Lito Soriano, chairman of LBS-E Recruitment Solutions said.

He also added that the reason why many graduates end up unemployed is the lack of technical-vocational skills which are required in most industries here and abroad need.

According to him, Saudi Arabia alone, there are job orders for housekeeping, gardeners, equipment technicians, water treatment, civil technicians, plumbers, painters and all maintenance positions on top of the 4,000 Filipino health workers needed there.

As well as the six of the largest military hospitals in the host country such as the Al Hada and Northwest Armed Forces Hospitals are in the process of hiring Filipino workers to work in its medical facilities.

“OFW deployment to the Kingdom will not drop and we expect a higher figure this year due to huge construction projects and increasing need for medical personnel from military hospitals,” Soriano said.

The government through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has already started a shift in their investments towards more vocational courses under the Ladderized Program. President Arroyo recently announced that the government will allocate P1-billion fund to be used by TESDA to implement massive training programs nationwide for Filipinos in order to gain the necessary labor skills, particularly on machine works, trade, IT, among others.

Raymund F. Antonio

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Travel Advisory Filipinos bound for Jordan

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advised Filipino travelers including Overseas Filipino Workers bound to Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan must have a Jordan visa stamped in their valid passports prior to their departure.

“Visa Approval Notices from the Jordan Ministry of Interior will not suffice for travel to Jordan,” POEA advisory read.

POEA explained that visa upon arrival in the Kingdom of Jordan is no longer permitted for Philippine passport holders, unless it’s supported with proper documentation from the Honorary Consul.

Raymund F. Antonio

Thursday, June 18, 2009

More Jobs for OFWs in South Korea

More Filipino workers are expected to land a job in South Korea when the Inchon Free Economic Zone starts its construction. Inchon Free Economic Zone is a major Korean seaport near Seoul

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Assistant Secretary Reydeluz Conferido said there are some 6,000 jobs that are now available to unemployed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and those displaced by the global financial crisis in the host country.

“Half-a-million jobs would open soon at the export zone and our workers especially those retrenched by the crisis could take this opportunity to apply for vacancies there,” Conferido said at the sideline of kick-off event of Productivity Olympics.

Team from the DoLE is already negotiating with the government of South Korea to for the possible deployment of Filipino workers to Incheon ecozone that is emerging to become the center of international business, IT, biotechnology, logistics and tourism in Northeast Asia.

They are also dealing with the Korean Ministry of Education on the prospect of sending Filipino English teachers in the country.

DoLe Secretary Marianito Roque said that Korea is still eager on renewing its participation in the Korean Employment Permit System (EPS) in view of its continuing preference for OFWs.

Raymund F. Antonio

Friday, June 12, 2009

Jobs for returning OFWs—Roque

Administrator Marianito Roque of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) guarantee that returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were laid off from their jobs will still be able to get jobs.

The continuing expansion of Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) will save the overseas Filipino workers who are affected by the global financial crisis land a new employment here in the Philippines.

There are some 35,000 additional call center jobs available for fresh graduates and returning overseas workers. Aside for call center jobs, the government is also offering alternative programs for OFWs like entrepreneurships and livelihood projects.

Maricar M. Calubiran

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mining jobs in Australia for OFWs work visa holder

The Southern Australian mining workforce will offer some 30,000 jobs, with working visas that will grant to work in Australia for up to 10 year, for overseas Filipino workers.

This will be another great opportunity for OFWs who were laid off due to the global financial crisis.

The agreement between the Department of Labor and Employment and Southern Australia is set to be signed soon.

“We will be signing an agreement with Southern Australia to allow the entry of Filipino workers. This is what we called Adelite, mostly in mining, transport equipment operators and all other skills involving the mining community," says Marianito Rogue, DoLE secretary.

“In the next ten years, we would be able to send 300,000 Filipino workers. Australia is a continent and their economy is continuous,” Rogue says

Find jobs in Australia

Robbie Ragless

For more details about this job opening please inquire at DoLE

Thursday, June 4, 2009

More Nurses needed in US in ’14

Around 1.2 million nurses will be needed in the United States in 2014 due to the increasing number of aging population and retiring health workers.

Emmanuel Geslani, recruitment consultant , who works for the Federated Association of Manpower Exporters (FAME), an umbrella group of recruiters, cite a report from the US Department of Health and Human Services that US will need 500,000 nurses to replace those leaving the service and 700,000 more to take care of the aging baby boomers in the coming years.

Geslani, however, advised Filipino nurses not focus their attention with the American job market. He also added that the US States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has yet to adopt rules that will facilitate visas for foreign nurses.

There have been proposals to the USCIS to have a dedicated lane and category for foreign nurses to fast track their visa applications. Geslani said the USCIS is still studying the proposal and it may take the agency sometime to reach a decision on the matter.

“The nursing shortage in the US may not be solved in the immediate future as policy recommendations will have to be approved and the red tape involved in the processing of nurses visas will have to be resolved without the CIS letting up on its safeguards in setting up standards for foreign nurses qualifications,” he said.

Geslani and FAME urged Filipino nurses not to wait for the US market to open up. They noted that they could apply to health facilities in the Middle East. Although the pay in Middle East is lower than in the US, Filipino nurses do not have to wait for years before getting a job there, Geslani said.

Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer

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