Thousands of job orders in Singapore for Pinoy workers have been approved by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO). According to Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), the scheme will give better job prospects for Filipinos who wish to work in Singapore.
“Even prior to the President’s visit, our labor office in Singapore had already approved close to 10,000 job orders with 5,000 jobs awaiting aircraft technicians in the aviation industry,” DMW Sec. Susan Ople said via ABS-CBN News report.
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As per the DMW, approved job orders in Singapore are expected to be filled up in the next few months because Singaporean employers are in immediate need of employees.
Below are the approved job orders from Singaporean employers:
Aviation industry- 5,000 aircraft technicians
Medical industry- 3,000 healthcare workers
Engineering industry- 1,000 skilled workers
Education industry- 500 workers
I.T. sector- 300 worker”
Sec. Ople expressed her hopes that more jobs will be in demand for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Singapore after the first and fruitful state visit of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the said country.
“Compared to other countries that also deploy migrant workers, our processing time takes months instead of weeks but with digitalization and given the remarkable talent and dedication of our workers, we expect a surge in demand for OFWs not only in Singapore but also in other parts of the world,” Ople added.
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Meanwhile, in a courtesy call of Sec. Ople to Singaporean Manpower Minister Tan See Leng on September 6,2022, the secretary said that the submission of banker’s guarantee and performances bond that are usually submitted by Singaporean employment agencies and employers before hiring Filipino domestic workers have been removed. The minister was delighted by the step and promised to protect the welfare of all migrant workers in Singapore.
The Philippines and Singapore have also agreed to undertake preliminary discussions over the recruitment and transfer of Filipino nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers in a government-to-government agreement.
As of December 2021 via Department of Migrant Workers press release, there are an estimated 215,155 Filipinos who live and work in Singapore. Of these 180,605 are temporary migrants: 81, 272 are domestic workers (45%) while the remaining 99,333 (55%) belong to the professionals, highly skilled, and semi-skilled workers categories.
Source: ABS-CBN News, DMW