Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Germany have opened more than 1,000 job opportunities for Filipino workers under a government-to-government programme, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health alone is looking for a total of 500 female specialist nurses for neonatal intensive care unit, coronary care unit, intensive care unit, nursery, emergency room, surgical wards and obstetrics and gynecology, the POEA said.
The I-Mei Foods Co, Ltd.-Taiwan is looking for 80 workers, including male technicians, male refrigeration and air conditioning maintenance workers, male or female bakers and staff canteen cooks, male or female food analysis inspectors, male general technicians, male or female machine operators-food processing and male masons. Formosa Taffeta Co Ltd, and NXP Semiconductors Taiwan Ltd., both in Taiwan, are also in need of a total of 25 female machine operators.
POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said that several other firms in Taiwan were also in urgent need of factory workers, among others, while Germany needed nurses, and electrocardiography and laboratory technicians in Saudi Arabia.
Olalia said that qualified applicants should register online at www.poea.gov.ph or www.eregister.poea.gov.ph.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on the Care of Migrants and itinerant People (CBCP–ECMI) yesterday likened the life of overseas Filipino workers to the Season of Lent.
Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga and CBCP–ECMI chair, said. He added that each time someone leaves for a foreign land in search of brighter opportunities, there are always sad partings bringing loneliness to all.
For Catholics, yesterday was the first Sunday of Lent.
The First Sunday of Lent was also national Migrants Sunday where the celebration was held at the Canosa College in San Pablo City, Laguna as the diocese of San Pablo was the national host. “With this national Migrants Sunday let us be the Angels of OFWs, praying for their safety and stable jobs, praying that they may have good and generous employers,” the Bataan bishop said.
“We can be their Angels so as to protect them from unjust and inhuman treatment, to promote their rights and prosecute those who abused and made them suffer,” Santos added.
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