China’s deal to hire 300,000 Filipinos finalized


Image result for teach in China Filipino

Originally posted and Published: 15:14 April 14, 2018Gulf News

Manila: The Philippines and China have signed an agreement that lifts Beijing’s restriction on foreign workers and will soon pave the way for the employment of 300,000 Filipinos, including 100,000 English-medium teachers, Philippine Labour Secretary Bello III has said.

The top Philippine official and Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua signed a memorandum of understanding, which states that a Filipino teacher will be paid $1,500 (Dh6,500) a month, Bello told Gulf News on Saturday.

The agreement covers details such salaries and other benefits, work hours, terms of employment, and labour protection to prevent abuses, Bello said.

China’s labour ministry is also seeking to recruit Filipino cooks, caregivers, household service workers, musicians, and nurses, Bello said, adding that Chinese families could now afford to offer OFWs decent salaries.

He did not reveal the respective salary rates of the other categories of OFWs who would be hired in China.

“There is a big demand for English teachers in China. Chinese nationals want their children to speak English. They lack sufficient numbers of teachers who can speak English. Families want English-speaking maids who could tutor children with their studies. China also has a growing ageing population,” Bello said, adding all the OFWs would be working in Beijing and Shanghai and three other major cities.

Recruitment agencies were advised to include Chinese culture and norms in the training of workers who will work in the mainland; and to look thoroughly at the Chinese employers who want to employ OFWs.

Filipinos seeking employment in China must contact agencies accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), which has a list of legitimate agencies with valid license on Facebook, Bello said.

The bilateral labour agreement between China and the Philippines was supposed to be signed in November 2017.

Many believe that China is not a traditional destination for OFWs. Officially listed are 12,254 OFWs in mainland China. But up to 200,000 OFWs have been working illegally in China, as of 2016. At the time, China had a strict work visa policy, Bello said.

He did not say if the Philippines-China bilateral labour agreement has a provision to legitimise the 200,000 illegal OFWs in China; or if China will allow OFWs in Hong Kong to seek employment in the mainland. There are 140,000 OFWs in Hong Kong, some of whom are teachers working as maids.

Labour unions in Hong Kong warned earlier that OFWs might transfer to the mainland because it has offered higher salary rates in all levels. Hong Kong could suffer severe shortage of English-speaking domestic Filipino helpers, labour leaders said.

The Philippines has been seeking bilateral agreements with all the countries where it sends OFWs — specially with receiving countries that have not signed International Labour Organisations’ labour conventions that spell out the rights of migrant workers for decent job.

The Philippines has forged only 13 bilateral labour agreements with receiving countries even if 10 million OFWs are based in 180 countries.

GET YOUR TESOL CERTIFICATE NOW AND TEACH IN CHINA!

TESOL Coach Master courses will include all the basic elements of highly effective teaching and learning methods, which consists of 150 total hours (consisting of lectures, workshops, and practical hands-on teaching).

The course’s topics include: second language acquisition, an introduction to linguistics, basic principles of language learning and teaching, learning techniques, assessment and evaluation, planning and conducting English language programs, teaching grammar in an effective manner, developing effective and up-to-date teaching paraphernalia with minimal resources, class management, designing a curriculum and syllabus, multi-cultural and cross-cultural aspects of the ESL classroom.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *