MANILA – Inihayag ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) noong Martes na ang mga Pilipinong health care workers (HCWs) ay mataas pa rin ang demand sa ibang bansa.
Ang mga Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) sa industriya ng pangangalagang pangkalusugan ay mataas ang demand sa Europa at Middle East, ayon kay POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia.
“When we talk about the demand of our OFWs, the HCWs or health care workers come first. In Europe, as in the UK and Germany, the need for HCWs, particularly nurses, is high because they are also their front-liners, just like us, this pandemic,” sinabi ni Olalia sa kanyang pagtatagubilin sa Laging Handa.
“In the Middle East, it is the same. The demand for our nurses is also high in countries such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Kuwait,” idinagdag niya.
Sinabi pa niya, bukod sa mga HCW, ang mga kumpanya sa ibang mga bansa ay naghahanap ng mga dalubhasang empleyado at marino na Pilipino.
“Technologically based OFWs or those we call skilled is also in demand in these times. In the seafaring industry, the in-demand are the usual cargo vessels, transport vessels, petroleum vessels that deliver supplies over the world using the seafaring or the maritime sector. The cruise ship is also slowly opening,” wika ni Olalia.
Sa kabila ng pandemiya, aniya, ang pagdeploy ng mga manggagawang Pilipino sa ibang bansa ay unti-unting nagpapabuti ngayong taon.
“If we compare our figures with the deployment last year which was the height of the pandemic and our deployment now in 2021, on a month-to-month basis we can see the increase in our deployment today. If we had almost 74 percent decrease in deployment last year, now it is gradually increasing,” isinaad ni Olalia.
Sinabi pa niya na habang nagsisimulang tanggapin ng mga host na bansa ang mga migranteng manggagawa, ang pagde-deploy ng mga land-based at sea-based na empleyado ay unti-unting nagbubukas.
“With our land-based deployment, we are no longer dropping more than 30,000 per month. This means that the opening up of the economies of our countries of destination is easing as well as the travel and border restrictions are also gradually easing,” ayon kay Olalia.
“In our sea-based sector, we have almost 40,000 deployments every month. This is our figure prior to our pandemic stage it means that the deployment of our seafarers is gradually improving,” idinagdag niya.