FILIPINO workers, particularly health professionals, domestic helpers and seafarers, are in great demand in various parts of the world because of their sterling qualities.
The billions of dollar remittances of the more than 10 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), skilled and unskilled, continue to prop up the still struggling domestic economy.
And Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured President Duterte that workers from the Philippines, one of the world’s major labor exporters, are “most welcome” in his country.
Putin made the assurance during his recent talks with the visiting tough-talking Filipino Chief Executive.
Of course, President Putin’s assurance is not surprising since no less than the Russian Ambassador to the Philippines, Igor Khovaev, believes that Filipino caregivers “are the best.”
Describing Filipino workers as “outstanding,” the Russian envoy knows what he is talking about since he himself employs a Filipino caregiver to take care of his mother in Manila.
In fact, at his residence, the Russian ambassador’s Filipino employee seemed an “extension” of his family.
In terms of demand, Russia can accommodate Filipino baby sitters, nannies, and caregivers, as well as labor resources in other sectors such as oil industry, according to the envoy.
However, Khovaev was quick to emphasize the importance of solving one problem, stressing the need to build a robust legal basis for our cooperation in this quite sensitive field.
He said the framework should identify measures in protecting the rights and legitimate interests of both the employer and the foreign employee. We share Khovaev’s view that Manila and Moscow should sign a relevant agreement on government level.
“That would mean all competent agencies will be involved in this deal and all of them would be responsible (for the) implementation of their obligations,” said Ambassador Khovaev.