Saturday, 4 April 2009

5,000 job opportunities available for Filipinos in Singapore

Provincial emergency employment programs kick in

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced yesterday that Filipinos stand to benefit from about 5,000 job opportunities in Sentosa Island, Singapore.

Philippine Overseas Employment Agency Administrator Jennifer Manalili confirmed that Singapore will be needing more workers, adding she had visited Singapore last month with Labor Secretary Marianito Roque to discuss job opportunities for Filipino workers at Resorts World in Sentosa.

This as emergency employment programs in the provinces start to kick in. Over 500 nurses in Eastern Visayas have been hired under the government’s emergency employment program that is designed to stimulate the economy amid the global downturn. This as the Agriculture department has employed some 9,000 workers in the Cagayan Valley under the same plan.

Meanwhile, the Social Welfare department also reported that it has employed 376 individuals under its Cash and Food for Work Program to date; the Trade department has hired 127 workers; and the Public Works department has employed 255 workers for its roadside maintenance project in the Cagayan Valley region.

The Environment department is expected to hire 4,452 out-of-school youths and 3,572 forest guards for its reforestation projects.

Early this year, the government announced its P330-billion Economic Resiliency Program that includes the short-term emergency employment program.

Sentosa Island

"They are expanding and there will be openings for workers for hotels, casinos and performers," said Ms. Manalili. Universal Studios, for one, is building a theme park and is asking for Filipino talents and performers.

"They noted that Filipinos are good in music and in dance so they might come here to conduct auditions either next month or in June," she added.

The government, she said, is set to deploy a team to Sentosa next month to finalize discussions and requirements for Filipino workers.

Resorts World plans to open four of its six hotels by the first quarter of 2010 and expects to fill up some 10,000 job vacancies.

Of these available positions, 3,000 will be for the casino, 3,000 for theme park operations and about 4,000 for hotel and other entertainment facilities.

Government data showed 46,000 Filipinos were left unemployed by the global financial crisis while 5,700 overseas Filipino workers lost their jobs.

The government earlier said more than 100,000 jobs are also available in Qatar while other emirates within the United Arab Emirates are also prepared to absorb Filipino construction workers who were laid off in Dubai.

Close to one million domestic jobs, 700,000 of which will come from the government and 120,000 from the business process outsourcing sector, are also available for jobless Filipinos.

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