DOLE eyes Europe as potential new market for displaced OFWs

DOLE eyes Europe as potential new market for displaced OFWs

The Philippine government is looking at Europe as an alternative market for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were displaced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III said that they are opening new markets to employ OFWs.

He said among the potential new markets for the deployment of OFWs are Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, and eastern Europe. Bello said job opportunities are also available locally especially in the construction industry and business process outsourcing.

“We had a recent meeting with the IT-BPO sector. They are in need of 30,000 call center agents. With that, more OFWs would be accommodated in terms of employment,” he said. To date, Bello said there are more than 250,000 OFWs who have been repatriated.

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