PH second among 15 EPS countries in efficiency in sending workers to South Korea

Date Posted: September 16th, 2014 01:16 AM


With process cycle time of 50 days PH second among 15 EPS countries in efficiency in sending workers to South Korea With a process cycle time of 50 days, the Philippines places second to Nepal in terms of efficiency in sending OFWs to South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS). This was the report to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Hans Leo J. Cacdac on his participation at the 10th year anniversary celebration of the EPS in Seoul, South Korea. “The data highlights presented by the Human Resource Development Korea (HRD Korea) covering all 15 countries participating in the EPS place the Philippines in a very positive light,” said Cacdac in his report. Countries participating in the Korea EPS are Vietnamn, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and East Timor. The Philippines, according to Cacdac, has placed fourth place in deployment, with 39,418 OFWs deployed as of date. The top three countries that have deployed more workers to South Korea than the Philippines are Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia which, according to Cacdac, may be due to the fact that they deploy agricultural and construction workers, in contrast to the country which deploys workers mostly to the manufacturing sector. In terms of the number of illegal stayers, the Philippines has reduced the number of illegal stayers, decreasing the number over the last three years from 30.6 percent in December 2012 to only 19.6 percent in June this year. Commenting in Cacdac’s report, Baldoz said the POEA’s Government Placement Branch should work on the challenge to cut down its process cycle time of sending workers to South Korea from 50 days “to less than 45 days, even to 30 days”. She also said the POEA must intensify some more its advocacy campaign among EPS workers for them to obey the Korean Law that requires them to go back to the Philippines after their EPS sojourn. While in South Korea for the anniversary celebration, Cacdac met with HRD Korea representative to the Philippines Jeong Eun Hee, HRD Korea President Park Young-bum, Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul Hernandez, and Philippine Labor Attache to Seoul Felly Bay. He also had a chance to visit the new HRD Korea headquarters in Ulsa, a three-hour train ride from Seoul. Cacdac was accompanied to Seoul by PEOA Regional Center Mindanao Director Carolina Agdamag. END

Created Oct 23rd 2014, 15:07


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