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Job opportunities will open this year for migrant workers from the Philippines in Hong Kong’s infrastructure industry, the Philippine department of labor and employment said in a statement.
“Massive infrastructure developments taking place in Hong Kong this year will open career opportunities for migrant workers, including Filipino engineers, entertainers, performers, and architects,” said labor and employment secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.
“This is a fair chance for our Filipino workers, not only because they will have the opportunity to earn, but most importantly, the experience and the learnings they will acquire from working in Hong Kong will contribute to their knowledge and skills which they can use upon their return to the Philippines,” she said.
Hong Kong’s recent budget speech by the government revealed plans for the country to invest millions in infrastructure projects, funding railway lines and public hospital construction.
“What’s even better is that the Construction Industry Council of Hong Kong is offering 2,000 training slots for those who wish to take construction-related vocational studies,” said Ms Baldoz.
But she warned hopeful candidates to remain cautious when dealing with employment agencies.
“I wish to remind everyone who is interested to work in Hong Kong or in any parts of the world to be extra careful especially in dealing with recruiters. They can check the website of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to validate the legitimacy of a job order. They can also check, through the website, the status of the employment agency that they are dealing with,” she said.
In 2011, there were 174,851 Filipinos staying in Hong Kong, 129,575 of them were overseas workers.