Foreign employers hire Filipino workers not because they would take on any job for a cheap pay, but because of their unrivaled skills and good characteristics, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said Tuesday.
In a statement, he said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have a number of traits that give them the edge over other nationalities.
Roque disputed a report which said that foreign employers favor OFWs “because of their willingness to do any kind of work even for the smallest pay.”
“Foreign employers prefer OFWs mainly because of their positive attributes such as their facility with the English language, their industry, flexibility, ability to learn easily, and their happy disposition,” Roque said in the statement.
The misery of the remaining 68 Filipino bus drivers still stranded in Dubai could soon be over.
Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said he was able to talk with various government officials in the United Arab Emirates and several agreements have been reached to address the issue.
Roque was a guest at the migrant workers’ day at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai.
The Department of Labor and Employment and online recruitment firm JobStreet.com have forged a partnership to help the jobless, and workers displaced by the global crisis, find jobs on the Internet.
Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said DOLE entered into an agreement with the private executive search and staffing firm to provide jobs, as well as industry-grade skills to employers.
In the agreement signed by DOLE and JobStreet Select, DoLE’s Phil-Jobnet homepage would be linked to all the available jobs in the JobsStreet.com website.
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The government is giving counseling and retraining to “about 60,000 workers that could be affected nationwide” in the electronics industry as factories close down or cut workforces amid a deepening global recession, the secretary of labor said Thursday.
The labor department is “getting daily notices now not only of retrenchments but also of reduction of work shifts, reduction of working hours and compression of the workweek,” Secretary Marianito Roque said.
“The semiconductor industry is already getting hit,” Roque said in a television interview Thursday.
“We have seen this as early as three months ago,” he said. “We expected that we’ll be getting hit in the first semester of this year.”
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