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5,000 new jobs open in Kuwait for Pinoys

January 27, 2009 4:48pm
MANILA, Philippines - Kuwaiti companies are hiring a total of 5,000 Filipino workers, the Philippine envoy to Kuwait has said.

Ambassador Ricardo Endaya was quoted in a report of the English language newspaper Arab Times on Monday as saying the news jobs are to be made known at the Philippine Employment & Remittance Summit 2009 at the Tayba Tent of Movenpick Hotel in the Kuwait Free Trade Zone in Shuwaikh.

“Most of these Kuwaiti companies need staff in the hotels, restaurants as well as semi- and skilled workers including workers in the health sector," Endaya said during the press conference Sunday to announce the summit.

“Despite the prevailing global economic recession resulting in the rising number of unemployment and retrenchment, we are glad that the demand for Filipino workers in Kuwait has not been greatly affected by this economic downturn," he was quoted by the report as saying.

Endaya said the two-day event aims to promote skilled Filipino workers through the exhibition of recruitment agencies that highlight their respective company profile and services, directed towards local employers and human resource offices.

“I believe that it’s just but timely now to hold this event. We hope to generate more jobs for Filipinos and we are also very happy that despite the strict implementation of the minimum salary requirement of Filipino workers at KD120, most companies have complied with this directive, with the exception of a handful few," he said.

The two-day event began Tuesday with manpower recruitment agencies in the Philippines as well as their counterparts in Kuwait and a number of dignitaries attending.

The event is under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) led by Labor Attaché Josephus Jimenez in cooperation with the Asian Cultural Network.

Endaya said the event was also meant to highlight the vital role played by foreign remittance companies in ensuring the fast and safe remittance of Filipino workers to their families in the Philippines.

“We have invited various remittance companies to the summit to boost networking between companies and the OFWs," he said. - Kimberly Jane T. Tan, GMANews.TV