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100,000 jobs soon to open in Japan


Over 100,000 jobs will be open soon in Japan for Filipinos and other foreign workers, GMA News' JP Soriano reported on 24 Oras on Friday.

Citing the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the report said Filipino workers may be given priority once Japan starts hiring.

According to Bernard Olalia, POEA officer-in-charge, Japan's Ministry of Health and Labor has told them they would soon open the market for Filipino skilled and semi-skilled workers under the Technical Intern Training Program.

At present, officials from both countries are drafting the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the program, the report said.

"Kapag ito ay napirmahan na, 'yung MOU, magde-deploy tayo ng mga professional semi-skilled workers under this new framework," Olalia said.

"Under this new track magde-deploy tayo for private institutions," he added.

The report said Filipino workers in South Korea who may be displaced amid the tensions involving North Korea may benefit from this possible job openings.

"DOLE, OWWA and POEA are working together to prepare for any eventual repatriation for our OFWs which will include reintegration program," said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in the report.

Although there are no job orders, interested Filipino workers are encouraged to regularly check the POEA website for updates, the report said. —KBK, GMA News