There are millions of Filipinos living abroad, working to provide a better life for their families. But many in the Philippines continue to hope that they can find jobs outside the country, knowing that this is one of the fastest ways for a person to have a better life, financially.
Thankfully, many government agencies and officials are doing their best to provide new opportunities for would-be overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). For instance, just recently, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced that as many as 7,000 jobs will soon be opened for Pinoys in Canada and Slovenia.
Of this number, 5,000 will be needed in Slovenia while the remaining 2,000 will be deployed to Canada. In these job opportunities, slots will be opened for both skilled and unskilled jobs. Jobs include truck drivers, heavy machine and equipment operators, healthcare workers, nurses, engineers, household service and other industries.
The POEA is yet to announce the final number of slots available or what jobs will be available, but the agency is fast tracking the agreement between the Philippines and the two countries.
“There is already an agreement…it will be a government-to-government track and it’s being prepared… we’re finalizing the bilateral labor agreements. Then, we will be ready to start the deployment,” said POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia.
While the agreements are still being smoothed out between the Philippines and these two countries, the POEA advised interested applicants to start obtaining their documents. This will ensure that the process will be faster once the POEA begins accepting applications.
The POEA also shared that that salaries could reach $1,000 to $1,500 (Php50,000 to Php75,000) a month.
Of the two, most Pinoys would choose Canada, but Slovenia offers more job opportunities. Many aspiring applicants are hoping that the jobs will be available soon.
What’s a Bilateral Labor Agreement?
Bilateral labor agreements (BLAs) are agreements between two countries. These documents control the conditions under which source countries send temporary migrant workers to host countries.