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South Korea needs more Filipino workers

Manila (1 June) -- More Filipinos workers are expected to work in South Korea for the next three years after the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on employment system (EPS) has been signed recently.

A Malacanang report said the MOU guarantees the hiring of 8,000 Filipinos to work in South Korea every year for the next three years.

The bilateral agreement was signed by Labor Secretary Marianito Roque and Korea’s Labor Minister Lee Young-Hee at the Blue House, the executive office and official residence of South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak.

Roque is with President Arroyo who is on official visit in South Korea upon the invitation of President Lee until June 2.

"The MOU reflects the high regard of the Korean government for Filipino workers," said Roque in the Malacanang report.

He added that originally, the contract tenure was for only two years, but this was extended to three years due to the strong and positive feedbacks Seoul was getting on Filipino workers.

Under the MOU Filipinos will be hired in the manufacturing industry and other business sectors in South Korea.

Aside from the EPS other MOUs that were signed between two countries are: Signing and exchange of notes on the grant aid on rice processing complex; Feasibility study on the establishment of multi-industry cluster; Cooperation in the field of labor and manpower development; Agricultural, Scientific and Technical cooperation; and Construction of wind power plants in the Philippines. (PIA) [top]

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