At least 30,000 jobs in the business process outsourcing industry (BPO) await overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official of the Department of Labor and Employment said today.
Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said that the Duterte administration would sign an agreement today with the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines, an advocacy group for the BPO industry.
“We will forge a partnership with them so they can assist our OFWs who have been repatriated and give them jobs in the BPO sector if they want to improve on their [existing] skills,” Tutay said in English and Filipino an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo.
OFW applicants will be sent to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority if they need to undergo training for their new BPO jobs, she added.
Thousands of OFWs have been laid off from their overseas jobs since the pandemic began early this year. Also, at least two million Filipinos in the Philippines have been displaced due to the economic downturn caused by the health crisis.