Available jobs in the Philippines appear to be not so enticing to some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were r5ecently repatriated from Libya as majority of them are still seeking high-paying jobs abroad despite risks to their lives there.
In a one-day job fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment in Quezon City on Thursday, Director Anna Dominique Tutay of the Bureau of Local Employment reported to DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Friday that most distressed OFWs would still want to work overseas than in the Philippines.
“We note that applicants still prefer overseas jobs, which pay salaries four to five times higher than local jobs. For those who have three or more years of work experience, they could not afford to accept lower income because they have been used to a higher standard of living while working abroad. The law of rising expectations applies in their case,” Tutay said in her report.
From the total of 384 applicants, 197 of them applied for overseas jobs either in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kuwait and United Kingdom, while the remaining 187 applied for local jobs.
Baldoz said the job fair was conducted to help the OFWs choose from the available local and overseas jobs.
“The main point is that we make available to them the job vacancies, local and overseas, to shorten their job search,” she added.
Baldoz noted that it was the first job fair they organized for OFWs who were recently repatriated from war-stricken Libya.
She pointed out that similar job fairs will be conducted in September in Visayas and Mindanao “where there are a large concentrations of repatriates” as soon as they have completed profiles of the more than 3,500 repatriated OFWs.
Fourteen local companies with 5,601 vacancies joined the job fair and also 14 overseas recruitment agencies with 6,659 overseas jobs took part, Baldoz said.
ROBERTZON F. RAMIREZ