The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) cautioned workers who are hoping to find employment in Guam and the United States to guard against illegal recruiters amid thousands of job offers for Filipinos in ‘the land of milk and honey.’
POEA Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili said of the more than 13,000 job orders for US in 2009, only 876 representing 6.5 percent were filled up.
Nurses and other medical health professionals such as pharmacists and physiotherapists, seasonal workers in hotels, golf courses and resorts, information and communication technology workers and related fields had been in demand in the US.
The US had been recruiting nurses under immigrant for employment visas (EB3) and are currently experiencing visa retrogression.
Apart from mainland US, Guam had been hiring construction workers for its Guam’s planned development starting this year of their modern and integrated military facility.
Manalili, however, said that recruitment for Guam will probably take longer due to developments affecting the US and Japan on the issue of a replacement facility for the Futenma Marine base in Okinawa, Japan.
The POEA also belied reports citing employment prospects in the oil and gas industries for the US.
Meanwhile, the POEA also said it has not received any official request for approval of job orders for dog handlers for Dubai, nor a report on this employment prospect from the Philippine Embassy in the United Arab Emirates.
“We will make formal announcements as soon as the job offers are confirmed,” Manalili said.
The Middle East will remain to be the major labor market of OFWs in 2010, according to POEA.
Manalili said the financial crunch has minimally affected the economies in the Gulf States which have taken concrete steps to cushion the possible impact of the crisis, except for Dubai.
Saudi Arabia, the primary destination of OFWs is embarking on its medium to long term socio-economic development plans until 2024. This includes the development of 12 mega industrial/economic cities across the kingdom.