PEOPLE across the globe, including Americans and Europeans, have long marveled about the sterling qualities of Filipino workers, particularly nurses, seafarers, medical doctors, engineers and domestic helpers (DHs).
Admittedly, Filipino workers remain in great demand in the world market because of our honesty, loyalty, integrity, exceptional skills, good command of the English language and ability to easily adapt to foreign culture.
And now, Thailand wants to hire more Filipino teachers to teach English in primary and secondary levels in government schools.
At present, there are 16,704 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Thailand. Of the number, 11,848 are professionals, mostly teachers, musicians, according to official records.
Of course, this is not surprising because “of the excellent English proficiency and competence of our teachers, according to Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).
Bello said an agreement governing the deployment of English teachers may be signed in the coming weeks to meet Thailand’s requirement under its “English for all Project” in the area of Eastern Economic Corridor.
Under the proposed agreement, the English teacher’s monthly pay is 25,000 baht or P45,000, inclusive of housing allowance.
The other benefits include personal accident insurance and round trip airfare and work permit fees, which will be shouldered by the government of Thailand, a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) like the Philippines.
Aside from English teachers, the Thai government also needs foreign professionals in the field of engineering, architecture, medicine, accounting and dental medicine.
There have been areas of effective cooperation among the original five ASEAN members – the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.
Doubtless, the deployment of Filipino teachers to Thailand is a welcome development in the Philippines, which is still teeming with jobless and underemployed mentors.