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POEA issues advisory for Korean language test

Iloilo City (4 October) -- Starting October 4 until 13, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) of Korea thru the International Korean Language Foundation (IKLF) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will accept applications for the 4th Korean Language Test (KLT).

The test will start from 2:00 to 3:30 in the afternoon on October 29, 2006 in actual test venues that will be announced later, said POEA VI Director Rhea Glynda Calantas.

Calantas said those who are qualified to take the KLT are Employment Permit System (EPS) Korea applicants who are registered with the POEA. They are 18 to 38 years-old, male and female who are physically and mentally fit to work abroad.

Applicants from Visayas may register at the POEA Regional Center for Visayas located at Mezzanine Floor, LDM Bldg., M.J. Cuenco Avenue, corner Legaspi St. Cebu City.

Calantas said that around 10,000 applicants consisting of 9,500 male and 500 females will be allowed to take the 4th KLT nationwide. Of the total number, 1,500 slots have been allocated for the POEA Regional Center for the Visayas -1,400 male, 100 female; 7,000 for Luzon - 6,700 male, 300 female; and 1,500 for the POEA Regional Center for Mindanao - 1,400 male, 100 female.

Registrants are required to pay a KLT fee of US$30 directly to the local bank account of the IKLF at Landbank, in peso equivalent based on the prevailing foreign exchange rate at the time of payment. For this purpose, corresponding order of payment must first be secured from the IKLF/POEA prior to payment of KLT fee.

Calantas warned applicants that payment of KLT fee alone without going through the process of the KLT registration will not enable them to take the test.

It was in August 2004 when the country started to participate in Korea's new EPS under a government to government hiring arrangement to further boost President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's thrust to maximize employment opportunities for overseas Filipino workers. (PIA) [top]

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