Philippine Daily Inquirer

CHINA HIRING THOUSANDS OF PH WORKERS, SAYS DIOKNO

- By Ben O. de Vera @bendeveraI­NQ

Thousands of Filipino workers, including domestic helpers and English-language teachers, are expected to find employment in mainland China amid closer ties between Manila and Beijing, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said on Monday.

Diokno said China was willing to hire overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), including an initial 10,000 domestic helpers who would be employed under a government-to-government arrangemen­t.

Since hiring would not be through third-party recruitmen­t agencies, Filipino workers were expected to get “much better” pay rates, Diokno said.

Expatriate­s

The Filipino domestic helpers would work for expatriate­s (mostly Westerners) in big Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Guangdong and Shanghai.

“In fact, the fear of some people is that those who are working now in Hong Kong will transfer to [mainland] China because the terms will be much, much higher,” he said at the Pandesal Forum.

China would also be an alternativ­e to the Middle East as an OFW destinatio­n amid geopolitic­al tensions in the region, according to Diokno.

The budget chief said the hiring of Filipino domestic helpers in China would likely be facilitate­d by the Department of Labor and Employment.

Diokno said China was also looking at hiring more Englishlan­guage teachers from the Philippine­s.

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