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More job opportunities await Filipinos abroad

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (5 February) -- While there are a number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are displaced from their jobs due to the global economic meltdown, job opportunities await more Filipinos abroad.

His Highness Bahrain Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa Salman Al Khalifa in an interview disclosed that Bahrain wanted more Filipinos to work in their country.

He said that Filipinos are hardworking and have the skills and professionalism in doing their jobs.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was in Bahrain to meet in the Filipino community as well as to find more job opportunities for Filipinos.

In her speech during the reception for the Filipino community in Bahrain, President Arroyo said that the Prime Minister had expressed to her his appreciation for the skills and professionalism of Filipino workers.

The President also revealed that the Prime Minister told her that Bahrain needs more salesladies for the country's shopping malls and urged her to send more Filipina workers for that particular position.

The latest tally showed that there are 45,000 Filipino workers and the number is still growing, with professional and skilled Filipino workers in high demand.

Meanwhile, some 1,000 dependents in the Philippines of Filipino workers in Bahrain will benefit from the government's scholarship program.

The scholarship program will be implemented starting this coming 2009-2010 school year.

The 1,000 scholarship vouchers worth P5 million under the GMA-CARES program of AMA International University in Bahrain was presented to President Arroyo by Special Envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council Ambassador Amable Aguiluz.

Among the courses covered by the scholarship program are computer operation, information technology enabled program, call center and medical transcription. (PIA) [top]

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