The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today reported an increase in the number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) deployed as caregivers overseas in 2004.

A report reaching Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas indicated that some 20,266 Filipino caregivers were deployed in 24 host countries globally last year, or a growth of 7.35 percent (+1,388) from 18,878 in 2003.

The DOLE’s Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said the top overseas labor markets for Filipino caregivers were Taiwan, Israel, Canada, and the United Kingdom (UK).

Taiwan, the POEA said, remained the top overseas market of Filipino caregivers as the country hired/rehired some 13,855 caregivers last year comprising 68.3 percent of total global deployment.

In Israel, caregiver deployment posted an increase of 83.3 percent to 3,184 last year from 1,737 in 2003; in Canada, by 38.5% to 2,509 from 1,811; and in the UK, by 35.5% to 652 from 481.

Other alternative and/or emerging host destinations last year, which accommodated Filipino caregivers, were the following: Albania, Australia, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, the Cayman Island, Cyprus, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Mexico, Saipan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tajikistan, Tinian, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the United States (US).

Nonetheless, Sto. Tomas cited an earlier report of the DOLE’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) which cautioned the industry from giving false hopes to would-be overseas Filipino caregivers on non-existent job openings in still inactive overseas markets notwithstanding the growth in caregiver deployment.

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