MANILA: Filipinos may soon get permission to work in China following meetings between labour officials of both countries, it was announced here yesterday.
Philippine labour attache to Hong Kong Bernardino Julve said in a statement her department was in the final stages of drafting guidelines to deployment of overseas Filipino workers to parts of China.
“We still need to iron out some kinks before we can finalise it,” she was quoted as saying.
Officials in China's southern Guandong province and Guangzhou city have expressed optimism that the problems can soon be resolved, Julve said.
The department said it was already negotiating on deploying Filipino teachers to teach English in China.
However one major obstacle is the low salaries such Filipino professionals will be getting in China, which will not match the salaries of Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong, the department warned.
More than five million Filipinos work overseas.
Their remittances back home are a major source of foreign exchange to the cash-starved Philippines. – AFP
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