Job opportunities may soon be available for Filipino workers in southern central Europe, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Monday.
According to DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Slovenia is seeking the Philippines’ approval for the deployment of between 2,000 to 5,000 skilled and semi-skilled labor to supplement their workforce, adding that representations were made by Slovenian officials recently.
“I told them that we first need to sign a bilateral agreement,” the DOLE chief said in a statement.
Among the jobs that will be offered include health care workers, nurses, engineers, truck drivers, heavy machine and equipment operators, and other industries, and household service.
With this, Bello said qualified workers can expect a minimum wage of about USD1,000.
“In Slovenia, we are looking probably at around PHP50,000 to PHP75,000 or about USD1,000 as long as we can come up with a bilateral agreement and we both agree with the provisions and the template contract,” he said.
On the other hand, Bello said a technical working group will be formed to negotiate the terms of the agreement and ensure the protection and safety of the OFWs.
The DOLE chief said the crafting of the bilateral agreement will take about three months, noting that the classes of jobs and the requirements will be finalized upon the completion of the bilateral agreement.
English language proficiency will be one of the qualifications for aspiring applicants.
Bello, however, reminded that acceptance of applications for Slovenia has yet to commence.
“We do not have job orders for Slovenia as of this moment, we are still working on it. We advise the public to wait for the formal announcement that we are starting to accept applications,” he said.
“Be cautious and go to DOLE or POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) first to check the legitimacy of your recruitment agencies and the job orders they offer. Some agencies continue their operations despite their suspension,” the Labor secretary added. (PNA)