OFW deployment up 25% in January

Departures by job seekers rose 25% to 165,000 in January from the same month last year, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration administrator Jennifer J. Manalili told reporters.

“As of end-January we have deployed 165,000 and that’s higher than last year — and also considering that there is crisis,” she added.

The Labor department reported last month that deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) rose 27.8% to 1.377 million last year from 1.078 million in 2007. The 2007 deployment figure, in turn, was a mere 1.42% rise from the 1.063 million recorded in 2006.

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