Published Sep 6, 2022 10:51:18 PM
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) -- Singapore is looking to hire additional health workers from the Philippines, according to the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).
"[M]ismong gobyerno ng Singapore ang nag-reach out satin. Humihingi po sila ng karagdagan na mga Filipino health workers dahil sobrang napabilib po sila ng ating mga manggagawa noong panahon ng pandemya," DMW Secretary Toots Ople said Tuesday during President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s meeting with the Filipino community in Singapore.
[Translation: The Singaporean government reached out to us. They're asking for additional Filipino health workers because they were impressed by our workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.]
Ople noted that the Philippine government will sign a joint communiqué with Singapore's Ministry of Health on Wednesday to formally express the intent for employment.
She added that Singapore has promised to look out for the welfare of overseas Filipino workers.
Ople, Marcos, and several other government officials are in the neighboring Southeast Asian nation as part of the President's inaugural state visits.
Around 200,000 Filipinos are residing and working in Singapore, according to Department of Foreign Affairs data.