Filipinos inside a remittance exchange shop in Satwa, Dubai. Remittance agents here have direct links to the Social Security System network. The SSS uses a number of remittance clearing services that enable instant credit of SSS payments by members from anywhere.. Image Credit: Courtesy, Julian de Jesus

There are 5,000 jobs waiting for Filipinos workers in Slovenia. Another 2,000 slots are open in Canada.

This was revealed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in Manila earlier this week.

The worker categories sought in Canada are both "skilled and semi-skilled".

The Philippine Star reported that the POEA, the agency tasked to look after expat Filipino workers, is now fast tracking the agreement between Canada to process the applications.

The economy of Canada is a highly developed market economy. It is the 10th-largest GDP by nominal and 16th largest GDP by PPP in the world. As with other developed nations, the country's economy is dominated by the service industry which employs about three quarters of Canadians.

Canada has the fourth-highest total estimated value of natural resources, valued at US$33.2 trillion in 2016. The country has a $50,725 GDP per capital in 2019 (estimate).

“There is already an agreement...it will be a government-to-government track and it's being prepared...we're finalising the bilateral labour agreements,” POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia told Philippine media in Filipino language. "Then, we will be ready to start the deployment."

Philippine Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III was also quoted as saying that Slovenia was seeking Philippine approval for the deployment of up to 5,000 skilled and semi-skilled labor to supplement their workforce.

With excellent infrastructure, a well-educated work force, and a strategic location between the Balkans and Western Europe, Slovenia has one of the highest per capita GDPs in Central Europe, despite having suffered a protracted recession in the 2008-09 period in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Slovenia became the first 2004 EU entrant to adopt the euro (on 1 January 2007) and has experienced a stable political and economic transition. Slovenia had a GDP per capital of $34,500 (2017 estimate)

POEA added that Slovenia is also looking for up to 5,000 Filipino workers. The POEA stated that salaries could reach $1,000 or Php50,000 to Php75,000 a month.

Interested applicants are told prepare their requirements like passport and certification while the agreements is being finalised.


The Star report also states that jobs open to Filipinos include healthcare workers, nurses, engineers, truck drivers, heavy machine and equipment operators, household service and other industries.