Monthly deployment of seafarers almost at pre-pandemic level, says POEA

The monthly deployment of Filipino seafarers has reached almost 40,000, which is close to pre-pandemic numbers, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard Olalia said Wednesday.

In a Department of Labor and Employment online briefing, Olalia said the continuous deployment was made possible by the interventions of national government, including vaccination efforts and the crafting of guidelines.

“Nari-reach ang 40,000 level na monthly deployment ng seafarers. Kung susumahin natin ang nakaraang deployment noong pre-pandemic nasa halos ng 50,000 monthly deployment ng seafarers,” said Olalia.

[We are already reaching 40,000 level of monthly deployment of seafarers. Before the pandemic, there was an almost 50,000 monthly deployment of seafarers.]

On the demand for health workers, Olalia disclosed that demand for nurses in places such as Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait is rising.

Before pandemic, only the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Japan were the top destination markets of Philippine nurses.

“Ngayong panahon ng pandemya, dumagdag ang ibang countries sa ASEAN, Hong Kong, UAE at Qatar at Kuwait nangangailangan ng  nurses,” he said.

[Now in the pandemic, other countries in ASEAN, Hong Kong, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait are in need of nurses.]

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