Good News to all job seekers!
Japan opens up 100,000 jobs opportunities for qualified Filipino applicants. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to open job opportunities for Filipinos in private companies there in Japan.
Undersecretary Bernard Olalia said in a press conference that jobs for skilled and semi-skilled workers are open for qualified Filipinos.
“Last week, we talked with the Ministry of Health and Labor and the Ministry of Justice in Japan. They are opening their markets for our skilled and semi-skilled workers. Apart from care workers, our nurses and caregivers, they will [also] accept the professionals,” he said in a press conference held last September 8.
The new agreement is expected to utilize a revolutionary deployment framework that will allow Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to be employed by private Japanese firms.
It can be recalled that foreign individuals are previously allowed to work only for Japanese government institutions.
Because of this regulation, the deployment of Filipino workers and even Asian neighbors became limited to approximately 1,900 since the year 2009.
“Kapapasa lang noong kanilang amendment sa Japanese legislation. In-amend nila iyong provision nila for foreign workers in order to get and attract foreign nationals to work in Japan,” said the labor official.
Olalia also clarified that all job offers will be available after the formal signing of the MOU.
However, direct hiring are highly prohibited in this new framework. OFWs need to go through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) as well as private recruitment firms.
Job opportunities for nurses, architects and engineers are also highly in-demand.