More than 4,000 Filipino workers sent abroad from January to August this year — POEA

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MORE than 4,000 Filipino workers were deployed through the Philippine Overseas Workers Administration (POEA) from January to July this year, according to the agency.

The agency facilitated the deployment of 4,498 Filipino workers to six client countries during the period, POEA said in a statement.

The agency said it is allowed to recruit and place overseas Filipino workers through government-to-government arrangements with countries where the Philippines has concluded bilateral labor agreements.

More than half of these workers were deployed to South Korea as factory workers under the Employment Permit System (EPS), POEA said.

The second top-client country is Saudi Arabia, where 1,188 OFWs were employed in medical professions by the country’s Ministry of Health.

The other destination countries were Germany through the Triple Win Program and Japan through the Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement, according to the statement. — Gillian M. Cortez