Promise 76: Enforce State Policy of not pursuing overseas employment as development strategy
An Aquino Government will uphold the State’s Policy of not pursuing overseas employment as a development strategy and establish concrete policies and steps towards more sustainable alternatives.
Well, number one, I think I will be lying if I told you that we will have comparable jobs within six years. That I think is an impossibility. But there is I think an obtainable objective of having compensation for people who have skills that have been improved. We can get it to a certain level whereby the increase in wages—although not the same as working abroad—together with the family being in tact, and together with the idea of being a first-class citizen in your own country will be enough to win people away from seeking the greener pasture elsewhere.
July 9, 2012: The Department of Labor expressed concern over the doubling of the number of skilled workers in the field of science and technology who leave the Philippines to work abroad. Due to this, the agency says it will implement measures to ensure skilled workers will have jobs in the Philippines to discourage them from going overseas. (Continue Reading)
June 27, 2012: The total number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who worked abroad from April to September 2011 was estimated at 2.2 million, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO). They remitted P156.3 billion for the same period. The number of OFWs for the same period in 2010 was estimated at 2 million or 10 percent lower; their total remittance at the time was P141.2 billion. (Continue Reading)
April 3, 2012: Health and work-quality issues are pushing Filipino workers to leave call centers in the Philippines for locations abroad in an apparent exodus that may hobble the business-process outsourcing (BPO) industry to meet its jobs target by 2016. (Continue Reading)
September 14, 2011: Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said 36 OFWs who are to arrive from Syria today on board a Qatar Airways flight will be provided grant assistance under the DOLE’s Balik-Pinay Balik Hanap-buhay Program. (Continue Reading)
November 30, 2010: The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Tripoli , Libya continues to train overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in that northern African continent in a bid to further enhance their skills and in pursuit of its commitment under the 22-point agenda on labor and employment of President Benigno S. Aquino III. (Continue Reading)