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More Filipino workers sent overseas

- — Bianca Angelica D. Añago

THE NUMBER of Filipinos sent to work overseas has increased by 13% from a year earlier to 475,981 as of Sept. 1, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administra­tion (POEA).

“If there was a 74% decrease in deployment last year, now it is gradually rising,” POEA Undersecre­tary Bernard Olalia told a televised news briefing in Filipino on Tuesday.

He traced the increase to more relaxed travel restrictio­ns. Overseas Filipino worker deployment fell by 75%, 549,841 last year from a year earlier amid a coronaviru­s pandemic.

Mr. Olalia said Filipino health workers were the most in demand in Europe and the Middle East, followed by technology workers and seamen.

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