8,000 new jobs for repatriated OFWs now available

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 8,000 new jobs are now available for jobless overseas Filipino workers who were displaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Monday that two companies are now offering different job positions to Filipino workers who were repatriated by the Philippine government and returned home from abroad after the displacement.

According to Dominique Rubia-Tutay, assistant secretary of Employment and General Administration Cluster of the labor department, the pandemic crippled majority of socio-economic activities, including recruitment as establishments, have undergone temporary closures or flexible work arrangements, and these opportunities must be grabbed by anyone. And so the department is grateful for these opportunities for jobless workers.

“About 350K OFWs are affected, and the unemployment rate in the Philippines based on April 2020 LFS is at 17.7% or 7.3 million unemployed,” Tutay said in an exclusive interview.

These two companies named Optum Global Solutions and EMS Group of Companies reached the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) “to connect them with migrant workers who lost their jobs.”

“They reached out to BLE to find repatriated OFWs seeking employment locally,” she explained.

Optum Global Solutions offers 4,000 jobs, which are available 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 graduates of any four-year course, including fresh ones according to BLE.

Tutay said the firm is holding a virtual open house for interested applicants from today (June 8) to 30 June, from 12 noon to 6 pm.

Aspirants may also join the online event through https://uhg.hr/8qwu2 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.

Applications can also be sent to joshua.iway@optum.com.

Meanwhile, EMS Group of Companies need 4,000 workers for its plants in Technopark in Batangas, and Laguna Technopark in Binan.  The said company is eyeing repatriated OFWs to fill up the positions for production operators and assembly workers.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and at least graduate of high school, and experience in electronics is not required, as the company will provide training.

Interested applicants can send their resumes to cayc@ems.com.ph or recruitment@espi.com.ph. They can also find available positions at PhilJobNet.gov.ph.

“We welcome these initiatives from the private sector to engage our network and resources to provide solutions to the problems we face during this pandemic,” Tutay said. (WORDS BY STANLEY BUENAFE GAEJTE / PHOTO COURTESY: INQUIRER.NET)

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