- President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a stop to sending Filipino workers to Kuwait
- The labor department said there are thousands of opportunities in China
- The biggest demand is for English teachers
President Rodrigo Duterte recently announced that he wants to talk to China about overseas employment for Filipinos.
This came after Duterte criticized Kuwait for the prevalent maltreatment of overseas Filipino workers.
In a report by CNN Philippines, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said there are 300,000 jobs for OFWs in China.
A third of these jobs are for English teachers, according to DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
"There is a big demand for English teachers in China, kasi gusto yata ng mga Chinese na matutong mag-Ingles yung mga anak nila," said Bello to CNN Philippines.
The salary for teachers could reach Php 60,000 or $1,200 a month.
There are also work orders for musicians, nurses, cooks, household service workers, and caregivers.
Bello said the demand is high in China because of their aging population and workers' inability to speak English.
China is not the most popular destination for OFWs.
But, according to CNN Philippines, if the bilateral agreement between China and the Philippines is signed in February, it will provide an outline on salaries, work hours, benefits, and other employment rules for OFWs.
There is also an agreement to protect the rights of Filipino workers and prevent abuses.
Bello reminded interested OFWs to only deal with agencies accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to avoid scams and abuses.
"Pag mayroong lumapit sa inyo na mag-apply kayo, or work abroad, dumaan muna kayo sa POEA, mayroon naman silang naka-Facebook na listahan ng mga legitimate agencies," said Bello.
DOLE also said that recruitment agencies should train their workers in the culture and norms of China if they're going to send laborers there.
He also advised looking thoroughly at the employers they would be sending their workers to.
Earlier this January, DOLE suspended the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait. The Arabic country is notorious for its employers abuse of Filipino workers.
Authorities are currently investigating the death of seven OFWs in the Gulf State.
OFWs continue to be one of the major driving force of Philippine economy.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Duterte promised that the concerns of OFWs will be his top labor priority.
Under his presidency, the Philippines and China developed a stronger relationship. This amidst the ongoing controversy surrounding territorial boundaries at the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea.
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