Deployment of newly hired overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Japan finally rebounded last year, thanks to its new bilateral agreement with the Philippines.
In its initial 2018 deployment figures, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed the number of newly hired OFWs in Japan reached 15,840.
“This includes those deployed under the TITP [Technical Internship Training Program (TITP)],” POEA said.
Last year, POEA finally opened the processing of OFWs under the TITP, wherein they will be allowed to work in Japan as trainees with allowance in specific industries including construction, agriculture and services.
It said 7,825 Filipinos have since been deployed under the program.
The latest figures from POEA was higher compared to the 14,947 new hires deployed to Japan in 2017.
It was the same year when the new number of new hires in the said country dropped for the first time since 2010.
To note, the number of deployed new hires in Japan in 2016 was at 15,606.
The number of deployed OFWs in Japan is, likewise, expected to grow further this year with the implementation of the new Philippine-Japan Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC).
The MOC is another mode of deployment of Filipinos in Japan, this time, as workers in 14 selected skilled categories by Japan. The said categories include health care, building maintenance and food services, among others.
“The processing [of qualified applicants] are now ongoing,” POEA Administrator Bernard P. Olalia told the BusinessMirror via SMS.