#Manila: The government will entice overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to return home for a chance to get employed locally or elsewhere overseas. This is what the labor department intends to do with the establishment of a Job Fair Task Force that will conduct a special job fair and skills profiling of OFWs based in KSA and Qatar.
In an administrative order issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the supply-demand profiling and skills-job matching will be jointly conducted by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Bureau of Local Employment (BLE).Concerned Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) in the identified countries will do the preliminary skills profiling of the OFWs in coordination with the International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB).
Through the joint undertaking, POEA and BLE will conduct employers’ forum and gather the number of vacancies, skills requirement, geographical location (local or overseas), as well as determine the companies interested to join the Job Fair.Also, POEA and BLE shall process the supply and demand profile and come up with labor market information that will serve as a guide for matching of available skills and employer demand for workers.
OFWs that require further upgrading of skills requirements of the participating employers will be referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for training prior to their deployment whether local or overseas. Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will provide the welfare assistance during the conduct of job fairs and which may lead to the repatriation of distressed OFWs. The said tasked group is headed by DOLE Undersecretary Claro Arellano who is in charge of DOLE’s Legal and International Affairs, and is co-chaired by OWWA. The members include POEA, BLE, ILAB, and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in KSA and Qatar.
#Manila: Local employment opportunities will soon be offered to Middle East-based Filipinos as the labor department is preparing to mount a job fair in Qatar and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) this year.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the job fairs will only offer available employment opportunities in the Philippines.” We will be conducting a job fair in Qatar and in Saudi for jobs available in our country,” said Bello.
There are around 18,000 local job vacancies to be offered in the job fairs, all needed by companies of former senator and businessman Manuel Villar.
The labor chief said majority of the job vacancies to be offered will most likely be for skilled workers, considering that the business of the former senator is in the field of real estate development.
Apart from these vacancies, the Education Department is also looking to offer some 2,000 teaching positions, Meanwhile, the DOLE – National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) reported that close to 1,000 former overseas workers will soon be gainfully employed as public school teachers in various parts of the country
It said 846 former OFWs are being processed for teaching positions in 749 schools across the country.
#Manila: The decision of the Department of Labor and Employment in Philippines (DOLE) on whether to lift the suspension or not the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait will be known this week.
the Kuwaiti government appears to be ready to sign a new bilateral agreement with the Philippine government to improve the welfare of Filipino workers within its territory” Bello III said he was approached by the Kuwaiti ambassador to discuss the signing of the new bilateral agreement.
Meanwhile, over 600 Filipino workers in Qatar have lost their jobs and more may suffer the same fate due to a prevailing diplomatic crisis among Arab countries, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.
“We looked at the companies where these Filipinos worked and apparently a lot of them are owned by Saudi companies. So this might be at face value a divestment of Saudi from Qatar. Until the political issues are settled there, it is always a threat for Filipinos. We are closely observing this,” Lagunzad noted.
Bello said DOLE is sending to Qatar and other countries in the Middle East this month, a team headed by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) deputy administrator Arnel Ignacio to check on the welfare and conditions of OFWs in the region.
He also reported minimal displacement of Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia as a result of the oil crisis and the Saudization program.
Qatar Airways’ first non-stop flight to Penang touched down on Tuesday at Penang International Airport, inaugurating its second destination in Malaysia.
A Qatar Airways Airbus A321 aircraft positioned at a remote stand experienced a fire whilst under maintenance at Hamad International Airport (HIA) today.
Qatar Airways explained in a statement that the fire inside the cabin was promptly contained and extinguished, Whilst there was some damage to the aircraft there were no injuries.
#Doha: Filipino actress Isabel Granada, 41, passed away on Saturday night after falling into a coma a week ago in Qatar, a relative of the actress confirmed on Saturday night. “It is with great sadness and grief that my cousin Isabel Granada peacefully joined our creator at 18:00 today with the comfort of the family,” Joseph Rivera said in a Facebook post.Granada fell into a coma due to aneurysm while in a business trip in Qatar.
Bahrain on Monday ordered the imposition of visas on visitors from Qatar.
The king hailed during a cabinet session Bahrain’s openness towards tourists and visitors. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa also directed authorities to take necessary procedures to tighten entry and residence procedures.
In June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut all ties and imposed a siege with Qatar.