By Erma Edera
More Filipino English teachers will soon have the opportunity to work in Thailand with the advance of bilateral talks between the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Thai Ministry of Employment.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Friday an agreement governing the deployment of English teachers may be signed in the coming weeks to meet Thailand’s requirement under its “English for All” Project in the area of Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
“Filipino teachers are the preferred nationals needed by the government of Thailand because of the excellent English proficiency and competence of our teachers,” Bello said in statement.
Under the proposed agreement, Filipino teachers will be hired by the Thailand’s Ministry of Education to teach students in primary and secondary levels in the government schools.
Bello said that Filipino teachers who will be hired under the program will receive 25,000 baht per month or P45,000, inclusive of housing allowance.
Other benefits include personal accident insurance, round trip airfare, and work permit fees which will be shouldered by the Thailand government.
Aside from English teachers, Thailand also announced job opportunities to foreign professionals in the field of engineering, architecture, medicine, accounting and dental medicine.
DOLE said that there are 16,704 overseas Filipino workers in Thailand, 11,848 of them are professionals which include teachers, musicians and other professional expats working in multi-national corporations.