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Philippines adjusts to demographic change in UAE-bound workforce

Philippines adjusts to demographic change in UAE-bound workforce

UAE is 2nd-largest employer of Philippine expats after Saudi Arabia

Young informed professionals looking abroad for job, ambassador states

MANILA: The Philippines is adapting to the changing demographics of its migrant workers in the UAE, Manila’s new ambassador claimed on Wednesday, as expanding varieties of young informed Filipinos seek work abroad.

Out of more than 2 million overseas Filipino employees, whose compensation inflows represent regarding 9 percent of their country’s gross domestic product, around 650,000 live in the UAE– the second-largest company of Philippine deportees after Saudi Arabia.

Most of them commonly located work in the hospitality and solutions sectors, as well as in families.

But the trend is now changing as a raising number of young Filipino professionals look overseas for work, Ambassador Alfonso A. Ver, that assumed his post in Abu Dhabi last month, informed Arab Information.

” The demographics of Filipinos coming to the UAE is transforming, as well as the Philippine government is responding to this change,” he stated.

” We keep in mind that the need for physician as well as nurses is really high, and this has actually been explained by the UAE side, so this is an area we are considering where both sides can work with.”

Concerning 10 percent of Filipino workers in the Gulf state are utilized in the health field, according to a 2019 study by EON, a Philippine public relations business in Dubai.

Their devotion ended up being especially noticeable during the COVID-19 pandemic, when several ended up being frontline workers supporting the UAE’s reaction to the episode. Those who lost their lives while working received state recognition from the leaders of Abu Dhabi and also Dubai.

” Throughout the pandemic, Filipinos in all areas of endeavor proceeded with their work right here in the UAE, and those at the center of injection trials, the physicians as well as nurses, were recognized for their initiatives to combat the infection,” Ver claimed.

” The Filipinos in the UAE are substantial not only in number … they are known for their expertise, ability and ability, combined with natural friendliness, which is why they are appreciated as well as welcomed by the UAE.”

The envoy stated that under his management, the Philippine government’s team in the UAE will certainly look for means to “take advantage of the goodwill between Filipinos and also the UAE” and promote teamwork between both nations.

The key role in the initiatives has actually been played by deportee Filipinos themselves, to point that Ver refers to them as his “fellow ambassadors.”

He stated: “This effect of Filipinos residing in the UAE opened doors and also permitted the embassy to involve meaningfully with the host federal government.

” From the moment UAE’s starting dad Sheikh Zayed established this nation, Filipino professionals such as engineers, designers and also later on those in the medical field such as physicians as well as nurses arrived on UAE coasts to help construct this country.

” The solid visibility of Filipinos in all elements of UAE life is really felt to this day, and I think this is a benefit, an utilize that we need to continue to improve.”

Last Updated:  16 February 2023

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