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Philippines – Recruitment agencies to help typhoon survivors

28 November 2013

Two recruitment agencies will help at least 500 victims of Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, find work abroad free of charge announced the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE), reports gmanetwork.com.

Filipino recruitment firm International Skills Development (ISD) has pledged to recruit more than 300 workers from the islands of Samar and Leyte, two of the region’s worst affected by the disaster. A second recruitment firm, Skills International Co. Inc. has added that it will help 200 affected families by sending a family member to work abroad free of charge.

Under normal circumstance, Filipino workers are charged a fee by overseas recruitment firms in order to secure work abroad. DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz commented on the pledges: “This is a magnanimous and timely offer of employment assistance.”       

Head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Hans Leo Cacdac, said: “Aside from the relief and medical mission, we will profile prospective [overseas foreign workers], see to it that they have basic documents, such as birth certificates and clearances, and alert them of the overseas job fair. In that way, we will already know their basic skills and inclination and so tailor the job fair vacancies that our partner [organisations] will bring."

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