Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, some 2.8 million Filipino workers have been reported as affected either through their employer’s adoption of flexible work arrangements or temporary closure of business. Similarly, thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been displaced and repatriated from virus struck countries all over the world. After enduring weeks to months stranded at ports due to cancelled commercial flights, they come back to the homeland to face a more grueling challenge: finding employment during a pandemic. A welcome bit of news come to these displaced workers from the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) of the Department of Labor and Employment: at least 4,000 job openings are currently on offer to these affected workers.

 On 29 May 2020, Optum Global Solutions reached out to the Bureau to seek its help in connecting their company with repatriated OFWs seeking employment locally. Among the vacancies they are hoping to fill are openings for Nurse Case Management Specialists (U.S. Registered Nurses), Clinical Operations Specialists (Philippine Registered Nurses), and Customer Service Specialists (Voice). For the voice roles, the company is willing to accept career shifters and encourage graduates of any four-year course, including fresh graduates, to apply. They are conducting a Virtual Open House for interested applicants from 8 to 30 June, open from 12nn to 6pm. Candidates may join the online event through where they will be taken to a virtual lobby to learn more about the company and the positions available, as well as chat with recruiters. Interested parties may also send their applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Similarly, the EMS Group of Companies has requested the Bureau's assistance in hiring Production Operators as well as Assembly Workers for its plants in Lima Technopark in Batangas and Laguna Technopark in Biñan. The company is in urgent need of 4,000 Assembly Workers this June. Applicants for either positions must be at least 18 years old and a graduate of high school. Experience in electronics is not required, as training will be provided. Interested applicants are encourage to send their resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, applications may be sent through as well.

 "We welcome these initiatives from the private sector to engage our network and resources in order to provide solutions to the problems we face during this pandemic," OIC-Assistant Secretary and Concurrent BLE Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay says. "We are grateful to Optum Global Solutions and EMS Group of Companies for extending opportunities to displaced Filipino workers in their time of need."

 "We encourage even more companies to approach us for similar requests, especially those in industries that stand to remain robust or even thriving during this period, and help connect Filipino jobseekers with much needed decent jobs," she continues. "Strong collaboration between the sectors will help see our country emerge victorious through this dark chapter."



Press Release
Department of Labor and Employment
Bureau of Local Employment
2 June 2020