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Philippines eyes sending more OFWs to South Korea
Jan 6, 2014
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz hopes for a larger number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to be sent to South Korea this year.
But before this could possibly happen, the Philippine government must be vigilant in alleviating overstaying Filipino workers in South Korea. As of September 2013, the data from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in South Korea has showed 6,700 out of 8,247 Filipinos are undocumented or overstaying FIlipino workers under South Korea's Employment Permit System (EPS). Baldoz looks forward to a reduced number of the 8,247 illegal staying Filipinos in South Korea to enable a larger quota of Pinoy workers under the EPS.
South Korea's EPS yearly quota for foreign workers is based on several factors, including the rate of undocumented and overstaying foreign workers in the country, and to address this, the DOLE Secretary has already issued a directive to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Hans Leo Cacdac to strictly monitor the undocumented Filipinos in South Korea and file disciplinary cases against EPS workers who become illegal stayers in Korea.
The EPS is South Korea's way of hiring Filipino and other foreign workers through the foreign government in cases of failure to hire local workers for jobs in South Korea. As of September 2013, 13,818 Filipinos are working in South Korea under the EPS out of the 25,951 OFWs in that country.