DoLE Notes Rise in OFWs Deployed from Jan.-Aug
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO
The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) noted yesterday an increase in the number of Filipinos who went to work abroad from Jan. 1 to Aug. 10 this year, compared to the same period last year.
DoLE Secretary Arturo Brion said from Jan. 1 to Aug. 10 this year, 697,735 Filipinos left for jobs overseas, compared to the 653,268 who sought greener pastures abroad in the same period last year.
Brion said this happened despite the ban on deployment of OFWs to Lebanon in the Middle East.
"The increase in the deployment is due to the continuing preference for the skills and services of OFWs in more than 180 host destinations worldwide," Brion added.
Labor Undersecretary Danilo Cruz said there was a significant increase in the deployment of Filipino seafarers and rehired workers.
"Deployment of (overseas) Filipino seafarers grew by a robust 10 percent to 163,459 between Jan. 1 and Aug. 10, from 148,648 in the same period in 2005," Cruz said.
He added that the total number of rehired OFWs in the land-based sector as of Aug. …