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.
"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