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RP now world’s top labor exporter

By Christian V. Esguerra
Last updated 10:24pm (Mla time) 09/05/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines is now the world’s top exporter of labor, according to Labor Secretary Arturo Brion.

Brion made the statement Wednesday before the House committee on appropriations to justify his department’s proposed P6.2 billion budget for 2008, an P800 million increase over their current P5.4 billion allocation.

“We are now the No. 1 labor-sending country simply because Filipinos are very desired everywhere,” he told lawmakers. “If we are not that productive, we will not be that desired.”

Brion was responding to the query of Sorsogon Representative Salvador Escudero III on whether Filipino workers were productive.

The secretary said the demand for overseas Filipino workers was so high that there were now “more jobs than what we can provide.”

He cited the case of Saudi Arabia, which had a demand for 5,000 nurses. He said the Philippines came up short by 2,000.

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Anonymous said...

Labor for "export" is an answer or part of the outsourcing issue. However it is quality of the labor which is in the prime. Therefore top "exporters" of labor would be dealing with both, particularly the heath sector, as in article here. Nice and resourceful blog.
Armand Rousso

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