THE Department of Labor and Employment will soon sign an agreement with Thailand for the deployment of English teachers.

On Sunday, DoLE announced that Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello is expected to sign a bilateral agreement with the Thai Labour Minister in the next few weeks.

The proposed labor agreement between DoLE and the Thai Ministry of Labour (MoL) will allow Thailand to employ Filipino teachers for its “English for All” Project in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

The EEC is a $43 billion development plan for the eastern provinces of Chonburi, Rayong, and Chachoengsao.

Mr. Bello said: “Filipino teachers are the preferred nationals needed by the government of Thailand because of their excellent English proficiency and competence.”

Thailand is home to 16,704 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), including 11,848 teachers. Under the “English for All” project, Filipino teachers can expect salaries of about 25,000 baht a month (P45,000). Benefits to be paid for by the MoL include work permit charges, round-trip airfare, and accident insurance. — Gillian M. Cortez