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Almost 500 jobs in Spain open to Filipino workers--envoy

By Veronica Uy
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 10:38:00 12/03/2007

Filed Under: Overseas Employment

MADRID, Spain (via PLDT) -- Almost 500 jobs in Spain will be open to Filipino workers and professionals next year, Philippine Ambassador to this country Joseph Bernardo told the Filipino community Sunday evening.

He said 130 more jobs for caregivers, 50 for design engineers, and 300 for seasonal farm workers would be available to Filipinos.

Eighty of the 130 caregivers will comprise the additional need expressed by Grupo Los Nogales, the employer in Spain that pilot-tested the project of hiring 120 caregivers from the Philippines to work in Madrid in 2006; the rest of the 50 will be sent to Bilbao in the province of Bizcaia, in Pais Vasco, Bernardo said.

Aside from the caregivers, the ambassador said about 40 Filipino design engineers and cost accountants have been working for the Tecnicas Reunidas and the Initec Plantas Industriales.

?Patuloy ang employment ng mga design engineers sa mga kompanyang ito at umaasa kaming madagdagan pa ng mga 50 sa darating na taon [These companies continue to hire design engineers and we?re hoping that 50 more will be added in the coming year],? he said.

The ambassador said 300 Filipino seasonal farm workers would find work in Andalucia.

?With the help of Senator [Edgardo] Angara and the Ultimos de Filipinas, we are going to get 300 Filipino seasonal farm workers who will be arriving upon the invitation of the Mayor of Almonte,? he said.

Angara and Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri are part of the President?s official delegation to her state visit here.

Bernardo noted the preference of Spanish employers for Filipino workers and professionals over other nationalities.



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