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PIA Press Release
2008/11/13

No OFW displacement yet: POEA XI

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (13 November) -- Since majority of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) coming from this region are based in the Middle East, the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA) sees no displacement related to financial crisis.

The Department of Labor and Employment reported that OFWS who work in the United States under temporary working visas are the most vulnerable for displacements.

POEA officer in charge Carolina Agdamag bared that only very few workers bound for the United Stated processed their documents in the region. This explains why they see no direct effect of the global financial crisis on the OFWs who originated from Region XI.

"Most of our overseas workers are working in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and HongKong," Agdamag said.

DOLE, however, expected possible return of OFWs who are seafarers in cruise ships, factory workers in South Korea, Taiwan, and Macau, as well as household service workers in Singapore, Macau, and Hong Kong.

DOLE XI regional director Atty. Jalilo Dela Torre said that only about 50,000 to 100,000 OFWs are expected to be affected by the global crunch.

"But the number is negligible as to the 8 million Filipino overseas workers we have," he said.

In terms of job security, DOLE also reported stable and secure employment of 2 million OFWs in the middle east as well as 500,000 OFWs in Europe.

Jobseekers could then divert their goals from United States to other potential labor markets like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Guam.

POEA also reported that deployment of OFWs from the region was never affected. Data showed that a total of 10,659 workers processed their documents and were hired from January to October this year. Majority of the said number are returning workers, 593 are sea-based, 585 are agency-hired, and 625 are hired by direct employment. (PIA) [top]

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