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Are You a Filipino Wanting to Work Abroad? Check out 76 OFW Friendly Countries identified by POEA

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

If you are one of the many Filipinos dreaming of gaining a highly compensated employment overseas, the Philippine Overseas and Employment Administration (POEA) listed 76 destinations that it considers "OFW friendly".

GMAnews.tv reported that POEA has identified the following 76 nations to be OFW friendly.


Albania
Angola
Argentina
Australia
ustria
Azerbaijan
Belgium
Belize
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Brazil
Brunei
Canada
Chile
Columbia
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Ecuador
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Guam
Guatemala
Guyana
Hong Kong
Hungary
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Laos
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxemburg
Macau
Malaysia
Maldives
Marshall Islands
Mexico
Myanmar
Namibia
New Zealand
Northern Marianas
Oman
Palau
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
San Marino
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
The Netherlands
Turkey
UK
USA
Uruguay
Venezuela
Vietnam

POEA named these nations based on three requirements provided for in RA 10022 (the amended Migrant Workers Act). Section 3 of RA 10022 that the Philippines will allow deployment if the host country:
  • Has existing labor and social laws protecting the rights of workers;
  • Is a signatory to and/or a ratifier of multilateral conventions, declarations or resolutions relating to the protection of workers; and
  • Has concluded a bilateral agreement or arrangement with the government on the protection of the rights of OFWs.
The list does not contain the more known OFW deployment destinations such as Saudi Arabia, UAE(Dubai) and our southeast Asian neighbor, Singapore. Exclusion from the list does not mean banning of deployment.

Also, a number of countries from this list, can not be found in POEA's database list of countries with approved job orders. The POEA needs to work on updating them.

For me the list signifies that OFWs are a recognized workforce worldwide. I guess POEA just wanted to point out that there other countries beside the Middle East nations where a lot of tensions are going on at present.

OFWs should consider peace and stability when choosing a country to work for. And this list of 76 OFW friendly countries can serve as reference for them.

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