and gas, hotels, and in the medical and other services sectors are needed in
Libya, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today said.
Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque cited a report from Labor
Attache Nasser S. Mustafa of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in
Tripoli which showed that various companies in Libya are currently
recruiting thousands of OFWs and even expected to recruit more OFWs in the
Roque said that for this year, more than 16,000 job opportunities in Libya
are available for OFWs as this country continues to be in need of foreign
workers for its numerous development projects.
He said that while jobs were lost in countries affected by the global
economic crisis, the employment situation in Libya remains upbeat and highly
favorable for OFWs.
He said Libya is impervious of the harsh effects of the global crisis due
largely to its oil resources, noting that its government continuously
focuses on this country's development with vigor.
Libya is a wealthy nation due to its oil reserves, which is largest in North
Africa. Its small population of about six million has enabled its government
to provide subsidies and embark on massive development projects funded by
huge oil revenues that offer continuous employment opportunities for OFWs.
Right now, Roque said Libya focuses on the construction aspect of its
development. He said that Korean firms like Daewoo, Hyundai, and Al Nahr
are currently recruiting thousands of OFWs for their development and
construction projects in Libya.
He said these firms need Filipino engineers, other professionals, and
skilled construction workers for the construction of Libya's man-made river,
hotels, power plants, housing units, and road and renovation projects. Oil
firms in Libya have also signified their intention to recruit professionals
and skilled oil and gas workers from the Philippines.
The DOLE Chief said that Labor Attache Mustafa is constantly conducting
meetings with these companies as well as with other firms in Libya in need
of foreign workers to pave the way for the recruitment and deployment of
OFWs with appropriate skills to this country.
Roque also noted that the ongoing frenzied construction projects
particularly on the establishment of hotels in Libya would mean more
employment opportunities for OFWs in the hotel and tourism related sectors
in this country.
He said Libya, which is along the Mediterranean and strategically located to
serve as transit point for tourists traveling between Africa and Europe, may
also in the near future recruit Filipino hotel and related workers to man
its developing tourism industry.
Roque added that Filipino doctors and nurses and other medical workers may
also be deployed soon to Libya. He said the POLO in Tripoli has started
talks with the Libyan health ministry for the recruitment of around 4,000
Filipino medical workers for the Tripoli and Benghazi Medical Centers and
other hospitals and clinics in Libya.
The Tripoli-based POLO is also looking up to opportunities for OFWs in
Algeria, Chad, Malta, and Morocco particularly in hotel, oil and gas, and
technical services sectors.
"The employment prospects in Libya and nearby nations are favorable for OFWs
as they continue to be the preferred choice among foreign employers," Roque
said noting that OFWs have become popular abroad not only for their skills,
industry, adaptability, and facility with the English language but also
especially for their cheery disposition.