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More countries opening doors for OFWs affected by deployment ban in Kuwait

An official from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said on Friday that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been affected by the deployment ban to Kuwait can seek other career opportunities in other countries, mostly in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Jocelyn Sanchez, deputy administrator of the POEA, noted that many jobs in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, among others, are open for OFWs, reported GMA.

“There is life after Kuwait kasi meron tayong alternative market at ang advantage na nila ay ang kanilang experience sa Kuwait,” she said.

According to the Coalition of Licensed Agencies for Domestic and Service Workers (CLADS), 10,000 skilled workers have been affected by the imposition of the deployment ban in Kuwait.

Citing POEA database, GMA News listed the following countries which are in need of the following workers:

Welders
• Japan – 5,125
• US – 3,632
• Australia – 1,487
• Singapore – 1,300
• New Zealand – 900
• Canada – 530

Engineers
• Japan – 7,024
• US – 3,383
• South Korea – 3,172
• Algeria – 1,184
• New Zealand – 754

Assemblers
• Japan – 3,671
• Taiwan – 665
• New Zealand – 62

Laborers
• Taiwan – 657
• Brunei – 350
• New Zealand – 90
• Czech Republic – 25

Cook
• Brunei – 856
• Australia – 803
• Macau – 627
• Cyprus – 214
• Singapore – 186

Drivers
• New Zealand – 229
• Brunei – 86
• Diego Garcia – 54
• Australia – 40

Nurses
• United Kingdom – 16,086
• Singapore – 5,645
• Ireland – 4,169
• Germany – 1,595
• New Zealand – 750

Household service workers
• Hong Kong – 154,511
• Singapore – 30,699
• Cyprus – 11,325
• Brunei – 6,619
• Macau – 3,308

OFWs affected by the ban were also encouraged to enroll in Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

With thousands of career opportunities waiting for them, OFWs, especially those who are interested to apply, are warned of illegal recruiters.

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