OFWs can still find jobs in PH if Taiwan’s freeze hiring is enforced


Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Employment and business opportunities in the Philippines await overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the reported hiring freeze in Taiwan.

This was the assurance given by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Wednesday, following news reports of an estimated 10,000 Filipinos to be displaced due to a reported freeze hiring in Taiwan.

“We are still verifying the report. Initially, it appears that the figure of 10,000 is grossly off the mark,” Baldoz said in a statement. She said Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) historical records showed that the Philippines have been deploying only 2,000 to 2,500 workers a month.

The hiring freeze in Taiwan was triggered by its recent row with the Philippines over the May 9 fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman suspected of poaching in the Balintang Channel by Philippine Coast Guard personnel.

According to Baldoz, there are more than 100,000 jobs posted at PhilJobNet, the official online job search and matching portal of the government.

Taiwan-displaced OFWs can also apply for jobs in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Saudi Arabia which need production workers and personal services, such as care-giving.

“Based on balances of available job orders of licensed recruitment agencies approved by the POEA, they can apply for work in these countries without need for further training/retraining,” Baldoz said.

But she added that local employment would also be a viable option for the displaced workers.

“Those who are already here in the Philippines and those whose contracts are expiring and may not be able to go back to Taiwan can apply in the 129,180 available job vacancies posted in the PhilJobNet,” she said.  Positions available include plant and machine operators and assemblers (13,544 vacancies); factory workers (6,040 positions); engineers and technicians (2,956 positions); and machinists (323 positions).

“They may also explore jobs in the business process outsourcing sector, such as call center agents, technical support staff, and customer service assistants. Those who have low skills may also apply for skills training/upgrading in TESDA-accredited training providers,” she added.

Baldoz said another option for displaced OFWs would be to engage in enterprise or business activity.

“They may avail of the government’s entrepreneurial development assistance under the National Reintegration Program for OFWs which include training and capability-building, as well as business capital loans of P300,000 to P2 million from the P2 billion Reintegration Loan Fund offered by the Land Bank of the Philippines and guaranteed by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration,” Baldoz explained.

The loan carries an interest of only 7.5 percent per year and has a repayment term of five years, which can be extended to seven years.

The labor chief encouraged the OFWs to accept the invitation to invest their hard-earned savings, if they have any, in agribusiness, a priority area under the reintegration program partnership between the DOLE and the Department of Agriculture.

Under the DOLE-DA partnership, the agencies promote agribusiness as an investment option for OFWs. The DA has developed  37 agribusiness modules from which OFWs can choose from.

These ‘ready-to-roll’ modules contain detailed information on needed capital, location of business, market, cost, and rate of return on investment.

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  • jeff

    Let’s face it. Hiring still depends on demand and supply. Employers pay good salary to be able to attract and hire good workers.

    The reason why Filipino workers are in demand abroad is because our Filipino OFW workers are more educated, industrious, well-mannered, and caring compared to other nationalities.

    Unpopular Taiwanese President Ma and Premier Jiang who are known to be pro-Communist China are exploiting this unfortunate incident in forcing the Taiwanese employers and businesses to lose important employees.

    • yourmama

      the reason why filipino is hired is because they are cheap and can’t find any job in their own country.

      • jeff

        The Pagasa chief resigned to become an OFW. Do you think he is cheap? Too many Filipinos are leaving their current employers because of good offers abroad.

        You may not know it, brain drain is causing headaches to philippine employers.

  • kilabot

    another fairy tale.
    student council govt.

  • joboni96

    sell direct retail government bonds
    to all pilipinos

    to fund employment projects
    1. massive people-built housing
    2. alternative public roads to tollways
    3. irrigation systems
    4. public market alternatives to malls
    5. classrooms


  • jeff

    Most often an employee has to put down something valuable to be able to pick up something more important.

  • reddfrog

    Maraming trabaho sa Pilipinas, if you don’t mind working as slaves.

    • jeff

      When you talk about slaves, your are actually referring to greedy communist china.

      Multi-national companies in the Philippines treat their employees very well because they dont want to lose them. For them, employees are important assets of the company.

    • Chrisnadal19

      as if you are not one of them..

    • sgt. saunders

      Depends on what kind of job and how much pay, anywhere in the world, the same thing, work like a dog, like a horse, like a slave………… nothing new really. The new term for that, no more middle class…….it’s now the working poor. And it’s everywhere in this planet.

  • getreal911

    Look at this sour grappings and arrogance as if pinoys are so valuable that manufacturing companies won’t roll without them. Get on your senses to compel the Phil. govt to render justice to the innocent fisherman and punishment to those involved. It’s hard bcos no real justice in the Phil., as usual just let everything pass.

    • jeff

      your fisherman is a poacher, illegal fisher, therefore not innocent.

      greedy communist chinese poachers are either killed or arrested worldwide.

    • Chrisnadal19

      get real!.. we can live without Taiwan..

  • tita_cacayan

    napakaraming trabaho sa pilipinas, P5,000 to P7,000 a month ang salary, after 6 month ,long vacation na ,contractual kasi .Business ang dami rin ,bili ka ng de padyak na sidecar o di boss ka na…..right baldoz

  • shioktong

    This is the chinese polite way of saying “go home all you useless, worthless stupid idiotic filthy filipinos. Wait ’till we occupy your land then we’ll let you work for eternity.”

    • sgt. saunders

      Really??? Try it then.

  • nakatutok

    di na kasi lumalabas sa airconditioned room niya si Baldoz..kaya OUT OF TOUCH sa REALIDAD….kaya nga pumunta ng TAIWAN mga yan kasi WLANG TRABAHO dito E!! simple logic naman!!!…..sabagay, maraming kailangang TUBERO sa Pilipinas kasi karamihan pumunta na at nag TNT sa Canada…it was a “COUPLE OF YEARS AGO”….

  • disqusted0fu

    What jobs can they find? Low quality minimum or even less than minimum wage jobs? Quality jobs are what the PH lack most. So the Aquino administration shouldn’t be messing up with foreign affairs because the OFWs need their jobs overseas.

  • paul_and_david

    you reap what you sow

  • Chrisnadal19

    and this is addressed to all Taiwanese thieves as well.

  • sgt. saunders

    Hello skunk you are back, and by the way, sorry to hear you have lots of Taiwanese monkeys loitering around and in your city zoo. Have a great stinky day!

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