By Philippine News Agency and Charissa Luci-Atienza
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is looking to hire 1,000 nurses.
The POEA announcement, posted in May, said the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia has opened employment opportunities for female specialist nurses.
It said applicants should have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, be a board passer or has a Professional Regulation Commission license, and must have a minimum of one-year related experience.
The basic salary offer will start at SR4,110 (P56,892) with SR295 (P4,083) increment for every additional year of experience.
Those who will be hired will also have a paid annual vacation with a free round-trip economy ticket as well as free food and accommodation.
The POEA reminded qualified applicants to register online at www.eregister.poea.gov.ph and personally submit the required documents to the POEA main office in Mandaluyong City.
Among the needed requirements are original copies of detailed resume’ with a job description, school credentials, relevant to the position applied for (authenticated by Department of Foreign Affairs and/or Commission on Higher Education, or notarized, whichever is applicable).
Applicants are also asked to submit employment certificates relevant to the position applied for, valid passport (at least six months), two pieces of 2×2 recent picture, certificate of POEA online PEOS (log on to www.peos.poea.gov.ph), and printed copy of Worker’s Information Sheet / E-Registration (log on to https://eservices.poea.gov.ph).
Applicants are also required to present their original documents for authentication of the written information.
Deadline of submission of applications is on June 28, 2019.
Interview will start in July 2019. The POEA said that exact dates will be announced later.
China ‘a more promising labor market’
The government was also urged Sunday to take advantage of the “explosion of demand” for Filipino household staff, especially nannies, in China’s first-tier cities.
“Demand is being driven by China’s rapid economic growth, which has lured some 600,000 expatriates to live and work there, as well as the growing number of upper middle class Chinese families who want their children to grow around English-speaking nannies,”said ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III.
He noted that expatriates – mostly from South Korea, the United States, Japan, Canada, Germany and France – bring their own household staff, including nannies, in several top-tier cities in China.
“Guangdong province has the highest concentration of Filipino nannies, partly because it also has the greatest number of resident foreigners working for international corporations,” he said.
Bertiz said that, based on unofficial estimates, there are about 200,000 Filipinos providing domestic work, including child care services, in the world’s second-largest economy.
“In the case of nannies, many of them are between 30 and 35 years old. They also serve as private tutors to their wards,” he said.
“Working and living conditions in China overall are better compared to the Middle East,” Bertiz pointed out.
“The problem with the Middle East is that it still has the kafala system, which China does not have,” he added.
Kafala system is a sponsorship system in which a worker can be moved from one employer to another.
International human rights groups criticized the kafala system for creating the conditions for the exploitation of migrant workers.
“Because of kafala, many employers tend to abuse their workers, whose passports are seized,” he said, noting that kafala still operates in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Oman.
Bertiz observed that the $400 minimum monthly pay set by the POEA for Filipino domestic staff abroad is still being violated by many individual employers in the Middle East.
“In Saudi Arabia, for instance, there are employers who still pay their Filipino household service workers only $200 monthly,” he said.