Following a bilateral labour agreement between the Philippines and Romania, more job opportunities would be available to Filipinos overseas.
The Department of Labor and Employment said in a statement on Monday that Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Romanian Embassy Chargè d’Affaires Mihail Sion signed a memorandum of understanding last week for the deployment of more overseas Filipino workers to the European country.
Soon, More OFWs to be Deployed in Romania – DOLE
According to Sion, the move may help alleviate the widespread unemployment experienced by OFWs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already prompted over 500,000 to return home as of April, CNN Philippines reported.
“Romania is a good opportunity for Filipinos to potentially work as hospital caregivers and skilled workers,” the envoy said, adding migrants from other Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Nepal, and India, have also come to the country for work.
According to the DOLE, there are presently approximately 1,500 OFWs in Romania, the majority of them work in the health and safety, as well as transportation sectors. This figure accounts for almost 20% of Romania’s overall foreign workforce, according to the report.
According to the department, Romania is the fifth European country with which the Philippines has a bilateral labor agreement, after the United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain.