Local employment opportunities will soon be offered to Middle East-based Filipinos as the labor department is preparing to mount a job fair in Qatar and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) this year.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the job fairs will only offer available employment opportunities in the Philippines.

“Reverse ito. We will be conducting a job fair in Qatar and in Saudi for jobs available in our country,” said Bello.

There are around 18,000 local job vacancies to be offered in the job fairs, all needed by companies of former senator and businessman Manuel Villar.

“Bago natin isagawa ang job fairs ay magcoconduct muna tayo ng profiling ng ating mga overseas workers sa Middle East at aalamin kay former Senator Villar kung ano yung mga kailangan nilang trabahante,” Bello said.

The labor chief said majority of the job vacancies to be offered will most likely be for skilled workers, considering that the business of the former senator is in the field of real estate development.

“I presume mga workers ito sa construction industry. Mga karpintero, mason, welders, tubero, electrician,” he said.

Apart from these vacancies, the Education Department is also looking to offer some 2,000 teaching positions.

Meanwhile, the DOLE – National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) reported that close to 1,000 former overseas workers will soon be gainfully employed as public school teachers in various parts of the country

In a report to Bello, NRCO said the number of returning OFWs being absorbed by the public school system since the launch of “Sa Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’m/Sir” program last year is encouraging.

It said 846 former OFWs are being processed for teaching positions in 749 schools across the country.

SPIMS is a reintegration project of DOLE and the Department of Education, together with the Professional Regulation Commission, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education Skills Development Authority, and Philippine Normal University.

SPIMS provides opportunities for OFW LET passers to return home find employment and practice their profession as teachers.

END/Tim Laderas

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