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PIA Press Release
2008/11/26

RP, South Australia cooperation on OFW recruitment underway

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (26 November) -- Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque said preparations are underway for the Philippines and South Australia (SA)cooperation on the recruitment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who would be deployed to the Australian state.

The opening of the SA labor market for more OFWs would provide a window of opportunities to OFWs who may lose their jobs in countries adversely affected by the financil crisis, Secretary Roque said.

The DOLE pres report disclosed that Secretary Roque noted that the DOLE team met their counterpart in SA to formulate the MOU and fine tune its provisions along with the requirements of both countries. The team also checked on SA's labor market.

The undertaking would be similar to the agreement entered into between the DOLE and the Canadian province of Manitoba, Secretary Roque said as he pointed out that the recruitment of OFWs to SA would also be orderly, ethical, and in line with laws and policies of the Philippines and that of Australia providing for the protection and development and skills upgrading of OFWs.

A DOLE technical team and its counterpart from SA's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have been in consultations for the forging of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that would provide for the recruitment of skilled OFWs to SA.

The Labor Chief said the DOLE team met their counterpart in SA to formulate the MOU and fine tune its provisions along with the requirements of both countries. The team also checked on SA's labor market.

Citing a report from the DOLE team, Roque said that Deputy Premier Kevin Folley of SA plans to come to Manila for the MOU signing with the DOLE sometime early next year. He said the Australian team would likely bring with them employers and officials from relevant agencies in Australia.

The Labor and employment Secretary said the MOU would facilitate the flow of OFWs and their families to South Australia. (PIA 6) [top]

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