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Overseas employment up despite global crisis, AH1N1

Iloilo City (29 June) -- More people from the islands of Panay and Guimaras are leaving to work abroad despite the prevailing global economic downturn and threats of Influenza A H1N1.

The record of the Philippine Overseas Employment (POEA) - Iloilo Regional Extension Unit covering Panay and Guimaras Islands showed an increase of 9.59 percent in the processed contracts for overseas land-based work from January to June 15, 2009 as compared to the same period in 2008.

Officer-in-Charge Rhea Glynda Calantas said the number of people from Panay and Guimaras Islands who have processed their contracts from January to June 15, 2009 totaled to 7,727 while recorded in the same period last year was 7,051.

"This shows that the global economic crisis and the occurrence of Influenza A H1N1 have not affected the deployment of our Filipino workers abroad," said Calantas.

Calantas cited the stepped up efforts of the national government in addressing the possible impact of the global economic crisis in the country's overseas employment such as the continuous search for overseas employment opportunities for Filipinos.

Last Sunday, to show the importance she gives to our OFWs, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had a dialogue with the OFWs in Hongkong who have clamored for her to make a stopover from her working visit to Japan and state visit in Brazil.

Hongkong, according to Calantas, remains among the top 5 favorite destinations of OFWs in Panay and Guimaras in 2007. Other countries are Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Taiwan. (PIA) [top]

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