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Dec
4
2013

In-Demand Hard to Fill Jobs,Job-Generating Industries

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What are the most in-demand occupations in the Philippines? What are the jobs with many vacancies but competition is low because there are few qualified applicants? What are the industries or companies that are needing the most number of workers?

The recent updates in Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision, tries to provide insights to the said questions of jobseekers.  According to the press release published in the DOLE’s official, website, there are 13 Key Employment Generators (KEGs) in the Philippines:

Agribusiness, Construction, Information Technology/Business Process Management, Health and Wellness, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Banking and Finance, Mining, Transport and Logistics, Manufacturing Ownership, Dwellings and Real Estate, Education, Power and Utilities

The government agency also identified 237 in-demand occupations. From this list, there are occupations are identified as cross-cutting occupations, which means it appears in more than one industry: Accountant, Appraiser, Cashier, Checker, Driver, Machine Operator, Mechanical Technician, Security Guard, Teller, Welder

There are also 138 hard-to-fill occupations, and from this list 8 occupations are seen to recur across all of the KEGS:
Chemist, CNC Machinist, Computer Programmer, Geologist, Heavy Equipment Operator, Medical Technologist, Pharmacist, and Surveyor.

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Jul
2
2013

All-Girl Team to Investigate Sex Trade in Kuwait

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An all-female team recently arrived in Kuwait for the investigation of the “sex for flight” allegations of some distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East.

This team was organized by the Labor Department and is composed of Atty. Leah Fortuna of DOLE, Atty. Rosemarie Duquez of the POEA, and Atty. Edna Yasay of the DFA. Their arrival was welcomed by David Des Dicang, labor attaché in Kuwait, Florencia Ardivilla, assistant labor attache and Norlita Lugto, welfare officer.

The team would gather evidence to prove the complain against a temporary staff of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) that supposedly offered plane tickets to the Philippines to an OFW in trouble in exchange for sex.

The team would also visit Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to gather information about the sexual harassment  allegations against assistant labor attaché, Antonio Villafuerte.

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Feb
25
2013

What To Do In Case of Employment Contract Substitution

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Question: What shall I do if the recruitment agency asked me to sign a different contract from the first contract I signed?  Is this legal?

DOLE Answer: It depends. This is called contract substitution, which is legal if the terms and conditions of the new contract are superior to the first contract. Otherwise, if the new contract is less beneficial to you, that is illegal.

If the recruiter forces you to sign an inferior contract before you leave the country, be sure to get a copy and file a complaint at the POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch, or call the POEA Hotline at 722-1144 or 722-1155.

If this happens at the airport before your flight, immediately inform the Labor Assistance Center found in all international airports or any security personnel in the vicinity.

This is an excerpt from a handbook provided by the Department of Labor and Employment entitled, “Employment Guide to Students and Jobseekers.” The said handbook that contains useful information for Filipino job-hunters can be downloaded here:

DOLE’s “Employment Guide to Students and Jobseekers” :
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Jan
5
2012

DOLE Appeals to OFWs Who Still Want to Go to Syria

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The secretary of Labor, Rosalinda Baldoz said that undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) continue to arrive in Syria despite the fact that deployment ban and mandatory repatriation is in effect. The DFA raised the crisis alert level toSyriafrom 3 to 4 which calls for mandatory repatriation. This means that the Philippine government deemed Syria an unsafe workplace for all OFWs.

The Labor Secretary is appealing to all Filipino workers that they should carefully think about the consequences of their decision to still go to Syria despite the ban. Hiring of workers bound to Syria today is illegal as recruiters can only provide them with a tourist visa. She added that most household workers in Syria only earn USD125 and it is a small sum if one will consider the dangers they have to face in their destination.

The secretary also discouraged Filipino workers from applying as household workers abroad because it is difficult to work for an employer with a very different culture with that of the Filipinos.

Baldoz said that the Philippine government has livelihood and entrepreneurship programs that can help them start small businesses here in the Philippines.

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Published in: OFW News, OFW Warnings
Jan
5
2012

Livelihood Packages for Repatriated OFWs from Syria

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The Philippine government ordered mandatory repatriation of OFWs  from Syria after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the crisis alert level inSyriafrom 3 to 4.

Labor Secretary, Rosalinda Baldoz is encouraging OFWs  in Syria to avail the mandatory repatriation program of the government by saying that the Philippines can guarantee their welfare, safety, and protection.

She said, “We are prepared to assist them in with apackageof assistance when they arrive.”

What kind of livelihood assistance will DOLE provide? 

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