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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, Aug. 30) - The Philippines may have a new market for its workers in Palau.

Philippine Ambassador to Palau Ramoncito Marino, in an interview, said the Philippines could send fishermen from Davao or any part in Mindanao to work in Palau.

Marino said it has been proposed that the Philippine government recruit from depressed areas in Mindanao workers who can be deployed abroad as domestic helpers.

However, he added, the Philippine government is considering a moratorium on the deployment of domestic helpers due to low salaries.

Instead, it is planning to send fishermen to work abroad.

Marino is urging employers in Palau to deal directly with the Philippine government’s overseas employment administration, or POEA, when hiring workers from the Philippines.

He said that Filipino workers who do not go through POEA are considered undocumented.

Marino said he has discussed the matter with some Palau government agencies and they agreed to go through the proper channels when employing workers from the Philippines.

[PIR editor’s note: The Philippines provide a major portion of the labor force in Palau, including construction, mechanic, and other skilled labor.]

August 31, 2006

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