GLORIA TALKS ABOUT THOUSANDS OF JOBS WHILE MILLIONS REMAIN UNEMPLOYED.
by Napanice (no login)
THIS LATEST ON JOBS IS JUST ANOTHER PLOY TO GAIN POLITICAL MILEAGE. THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS EXPERIENCING A SERIOUS SHORTAGE OF NURSES SO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS TAILORED TO KEEP THE NEW NURSING GRADUATES FROM LEAVING THE COUNTRY. OF COURSE THERE WILL BE A LACK OF APPLICANTS BECAUSE AFTER SPENDING MILLIONS TO OBTAIN THEIR DEGREE AND LICENSES, THESE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FIND THE LOCAL JOB MARKET WOEFULLY INADEQUATE TO MAKE IT WORTHWHILE FOR THEM TO WORK AT HOME.
FOR YEARS, THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT HAS DONE NOTHING TO IMPROVE THE LOCAL ECONOMY, CHOOSING INSTEAD TO SEND MILLIONS OF WORKERS ABROAD TO EARN THEIR LIVING WORKING FOR FOREIGNERS. SO WHAT MAKES GLORIA THINK THAT THE PHILIPPINES CAN NOW COMPETE AND HIRE THE YOUNG GRADUATES WHOSE GOAL IS TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY?
AND BY THE WAY, THE NEWS MAY HAVE STARTED WITH AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR LOCAL EMPLOYMENT BUT IT IMMEDIATELY SWITCHES TO OVERSEAS MARKET. SO MUCH FOR SINCERE AND HONEST INTENTIONS FROM THIS LYING GOVERNMENT.
Employment prospects seem to be getting brighter for young Filipino professionals.
Over 60,000 local jobs are now available for nurses and other young professionals, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported yesterday.
Data from DOLEs Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) showed a total of 60,250 job vacancies, but only 22,658 job applicants from various parts of the country.
The same data gathered by BLE revealed that professional nurses and call center agents are now the most in demand skilled workers among local employers.
A total of 600 jobs are available for professional nurses and 400 for call center agents followed by domestic helpers with 300 unfilled positions.
Others in the Top 10 list of most in demand workers are staff nurse, accounting clerk, engineering assistant, information technology specialist, production worker, accounting staff, human resource development specialist and mechanical engineer.
DOLE, however, reported numerous applicants for the posts of production worker, service crew, cashier, machine operator, data encoder and office clerk.
Meanwhile, on work overseas, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) warned yesterday Filipino applicants that there are no legal jobs available for foreign domestic helpers in Egypt.
The DFA warning came after the embassy reported that the Egyptian government issues working permits and visas only to foreign domestic helpers if employed by foreign diplomats accredited in Egypt.
Filipinos who seek jobs in Egypt as domestic helpers are in danger of arrest by the Egyptian immigration authorities for lack of valid visas and working permits, the DFA said.
Filipino domestic service workers in Egypt who have no pertinent documents do not enjoy labor protection and are vulnerable to abuse and maltreatment.
The embassy has found Filipino domestic helpers using the following modes to enter Egypt:
Recruitment as domestic workers purportedly for a neighboring country like Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, but later brought to Egypt by their sponsors for delivery to their real employers;
Recruitment as skilled workers (e.g., factory workers, nurses, hotel service staff, etc.) under a scheme that allows highly skilled foreigners to work in Egypt;
Entry into Egypt as tourists and work as domestic helpers. Eventually, they overstay their tourist visas and are locked up in the homes of their employers to avoid trouble due to their illegal status.
The third-country approach is commonly used because Egyptian immigration laws allow foreign employers to bring with them their foreign domestic helpers when they vacation in Egypt.
In Lebanon, despite the growing tension there, a ranking Lebanese official yesterday assured the safety of Filipinos in the Middle Eastern country and dismissed the need for their immediate evacuation.
Honorary Consul-General Joseph Assad said the prevailing tension in Lebanon is expected to stabilize within a few days because of the scheduled presidential elections on Feb. 11.
There is absolutely no need to evacuate overseas Filipino workers from Lebanon at the moment since the condition is only temporary, Assad pointed out.
He also gave assurance that the Army is ready and able to contain any outbreaks of violence.
But as a precaution, Assad still urged Filipino workers to stay home during their rest day and refrain from going to public places like shopping malls, cinemas and churches for the meantime. With Pia Lee-Brago
Posted on Feb 3, 2008, 6:09 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124