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MANILA, Philippines - Hundreds of new jobs, especially in the service sector, are available for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kurdistan, a labor migration expert announced Sunday.
The announcement was made after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Philippine Overseas Employment and Administration (POEA) lifted the deployment ban in Kurdistan, Iraq.
According to immigration consultant Emmanuel Geslani, most of the new jobs are opening in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.
He said the management of international hotels like Marriott and Moevenpick are planning to establish hotels in Erbil to accommodate business travelers working on oil and gas and infrastructure projects in the region.
They require high-skilled workers for the new hotels.
"With the lifting of the ban, 3,000 to 5,000 undocumented Filipinos working in Kurdistan can now go home and be recognized by the POEA similar to the returning workers from the US facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan," Geslani said.
Most of the undocumented OFWs, he said, have been working there since 2005 in the infrastructure projects, oil and petroleum industry, telecommunications, hotels and schools teaching English.
Health workers needed in Libya
Meanwhile, due to the lifting of the deployment ban to Libya, the Ministry of Health of that North African country reopened major hospitals which now need people to fill 1,250 various medical positions, mostly in government hospitals.
Geslani said Libya's Ministry of Health officials are now in the Philippines to interview Filipino applicants in Iloilo, Davao and Makati.
Positions offered are nurses or doctors in general, cardiac, abdominal, coronary care unit, surgeons, radiologists, ob-gyn, clinical care unit, mid-wife, emergency room nurses, ICU nurses and other specialized doctors and nurses.
Applicants must have at least two years experience, are board passers and in good health.
Deployment, Geslani said, will be made immediately for those who pass the interview by the Ministry of Health team.
Geslani advised interested applicants to bring important documents like board certification, transcript of records, certificates of employment, passport and eight passport pictures.
Applications are also accepted at Concorde International Human Resource Corporation in Makati City.