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206 job applicants qualify in Kalinga jobs fair

Tabuk City, Kalinga (20 February) -- Jobs fairs regularly conducted here continues to play a great role in facilitating the employment of locals for overseas jobs.

Last February 13 during the third day of the celebration of Kalinga Day, 208 of the 212 applicants were processed their application and interviewed for work abroad.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Provincial Officer Avelina Manganip said the one day jobs fair conducted by the provincial government has drawn 12 recruitment agencies offering 2,004 job vacancies abroad.

"These employment companies are all duly registered with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration", she said adding that the most sought workers are female.

As a result of the on the spot interview, Manganip said 206 of the total job seekers were qualified and were advised to make follow up with the respective agencies and submit other requirements.

DOLE dispatch on employment trends show that opportunities for land-based sector in the Middle East and Africa for the next five years is high. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alone needs about 6,000 OFWs in the construction industry, 11,500 in the medical and health services particularly nurses for both government facilities and private clinics, and workers in the food production, distribution, services, and delivery staff.

Oman needs 9,200 workers; Libya recruits thousands of Filipinos in the next 10 years to man international companies; South Africa for engineers to operate their mines. The Oceania region, New Zealand and Auckland are also looking for skilled labor for the construction industry.

In 2008-2009, Australia's skilled migration target was 133,500; 93,300 for general skilled migration; and 110,000 for temporary skilled migration while it seeks to employ 31,000 nurses.

In Asia, Japan provides employment opportunities for OFWs under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement. For Singapore, 10-20 hotels need 70,000 workers. The Americas and Trust territories despite the economic recession continue to seek professionals.

For European countries for the next five years, they mostly need health care professionals. Even the United Kingdom with its advances in science and technology is looking for science and math teachers. Poland will use the blue card system in hiring skilled workers. Norway implements the open entry of skilled workers for nurses and caregivers.

Kazakhstan needs 5,000 workers for their oil and gas industries; France needs 1,500; and Denmark for 5,000 under its green card system. (PIA) [top]

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