Working abroad has become the ultimate dream of many Filipinos. This is manifested by the attendance of 1,354 job seekers who joined the recently-held Overseas Job Fair held at the Capitol Social Hall last June 28.
The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) record shows that there were 20,718 international job vacancies offered by at least 31 licensing agencies.
There were 12,431 vacancies solicited for males and 8,287 for females.
Over 20 countries identified as job destinations, including Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brunei, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ghana , Congo, Turks and Caicos, Oman, and Suriname.
Out of 1,354 applicants, two of them were considered the luckiest for being hired on the spot (HOTS).
HOTS Gail Anthony Bitancor, 33, a Dentistry graduate was hired as Dental Assistant in Qatar and was hired by the owner of the JRT Magica Agency.
Lea Galario, 40, from Cebu City was also HOTS as Janitress in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“Dako ko og pasalamat nga na hire ko, ug wala naku damha nga makasulod dayon(I am very much thankful that I was hired. I was never expecting that I would be hired immediately),” said by Galario.
She added that in spite of her problem in the family, she tried her best during the interview with the employer.
“Naningkamot jud ko nga makatubag maski babag ako pamilya sa pagpangaplay pero para ra pod ni sa ilaha (I tried my best to anwer the interview questions, even though my family won’t allow me to apply this job. I did it anyway for them),” she added.
The available overseas jobs include skilled workers (welding, scaffolder, electrician, painter, and laborer), medical workers (nurse, doctor and nursing aide), factory workers, sales representatives, hotel workers (receptionist, housekeeping, waiter and waitress), restaurant crew and teachers, among others.
There were also four government agencies present during the jobs fair, including the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Social Security System, Philippine Statistics Authority and Provincial Prosecutor Office, which have served 139 individuals for their various needs.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration record shows that $27 billion dollar as of 2014 in OFW remittances in the whole Philippines.