The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has started to craft an agreement to explore job opportunities in Russia for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
The agency formed a technical working group (TWG) which would facilitate the creation of job deal between Russia and the Philippines.
“Negotiations with Russian Federation are ongoing and Russia is one of our alternative markets for our Filipino workers who still wish to be deployed overseas,” he said in a statement dated April 25.
“There is a demand for construction and household service workers in Russia,” he added.
The group was tasked to establish a program of activities for series of policy consultation between Manila and Moscow. It will also lead the orientation of Russian employers and recruitment agencies about Philippine laws governing the deployment of OFWs.
It was also assigned to meet with the DOLE and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) counterparts in Russia to further discuss policies for the protection and welfare of Filipino workers.
Likewise, they will provide inputs and recommendations relative to the deployment of workers in Russia and bilateral labor agreement (BLA) negotiations for consideration of the DOLE BLA Steering Committee.