A deal allowing the deployment of more Filipino English teachers in China is expected to be inked by the two nations.
Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana disclosed to reporters this agreement will be one of the bilateral deals to be signed during President Rodrigo Duterter’s visit to China for his attendance at the Boao Forum for Asia this second week of April.
“There are some minor details still being ironed out, but if everything works, the agreement to open, to hire more Filipino English teachers for China, to open the Chinese market,” he said.
“There are several agreements that would be signed tomorrow (April 10), we’ll have to wait for the final list but it will include an agreement to further deepen and broaden the economic relations,” he added.
Romana said the current process was Filipinos find jobs in China on their own.
He also noted that there was a Chinese rule before allowing only Native English speakers for the job.
“They wanted to emphasize you know, what they called native speakers but they have relaxed it now,” Sta. Romana said.
“We noticed that they were allowing certain countries that were not strictly English-speaking native speakers but rather were former colonies of native speaking countries and so under that provision or under that — when they allowed that, it was very clear the Philippines was part of that, it could not be excluded,” he added.