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Saudi Arabia to hire 1 million Filipinos, says Migrant Workers office

Saudi Arabia intends to hire about 1 million Filipinos for new jobs in the kingdom, according to the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).

DMW Undersecretary for Policy and International Cooperation PY Caunan said that Saudi Arabia expressed its intention during the last visit of DMW Secretary Susan Ople in Riyadh.

“In our meetings we asked them which industries are involved. They said many of these are in the tourism sector such as hotels, restaurants, and resorts that will open in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Of course, the construction sector is still included,” Caunan said in Filipino.

She said the DMW will place these job openings in the special hiring program that the department will soon launch.

“This special hiring program would ensure that people have more flexibility when it comes to employment in [Saudi Arabia],” she added.

Caunan said the DMW is set to hold meetings with the Technical Education and Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) while a sub-committee will also be created with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

She said the sub-committee will assure that an enhanced and country-specific pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS) would be in place to better prepare those who intend to work outside the country.

Caunan said that Saudi Arabia’s Ministry on Human Resources and Social Development has given the DMW its all-out support. ICA/Expat Media

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