Slovenia calls up 5,000 OFWs; PH to set bilateral agreement: Labor Chief

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Slovenia needs up to 5,000 Overseas Filipino workers with the number of factory workers, truck drivers, engineers, and other skilled workers, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Wednesday.

Bello said that Slovenia employers told him in a meeting that they need 2, 000 to 5,000 workers. The secretary insisted that deployment will begin right after the signing of a bilateral agreement protecting OFW’s safety.

He followed up that a technical working group will draft a bilateral agreement stating working hours, salary, day off, and vacation leave for Filipino workers.

“Kailangan meron tayong terms of reference na mabigyan talaga ng sapat na proteksyon iyong ating workers. Without that, hindi tayo puwedeng magpadala,” Bello told ABS-CBN News.

“Kung magkasundo sila, pipirma kami (if they agree, we will sign it and) and that will start the deployment of our workers in Slovenia,” he added.

Moreover, this bilateral agreement seeks to legitimize workers in Russia, many of whom entered Russia as tourists.

“Iyong Russia, medyo may kahirapan, may terms of reference na hindi pa kami nagkakasundo. Ang Slovenia madali-dali e kasi open sila sa bilateral agreement, open sila sa template contract,” said the secretary.