12,000 laid off workers have new jobs
By Joel Guinto
First Posted 16:27:00 02/24/2009
MANILA, Philippines — Twelve thousand of the 39,000 Filipinos who have been laid off since late last year have found new jobs or started their own business with the help of government, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said Tuesday.
Roque also said jobs in construction, maintenance, and health services remain in demand in the Middle East.
Qatar, he said, has delivered 80,000 of the 120,000 jobs it had promised to Filipinos. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, has issued working visas to Filipinos at an average of 400 to 500 daily.
“We are ensuring that adequate support is provided to our workers both domestically and overseas through retraining programs to ensure they remain competitive, fully take advantage of job opportunities and find higher paying jobs, and through reintegration services and livelihood assistance should any expatriate workers return to the Philippines,” President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said in a speech before presiding over a Cabinet meeting.
Expatriate worker is Arroyo’s new term for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
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