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Philippines to be rewarded with higher OFW quota in South Korea

01122014The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) won second place in the Excellent Records category of South Korea’s 2013 Best Practice Excellence Award in the implementation of its Employment Permit System (EPS) for overseas workers. This entitles the country to a higher labor quota to be decided this year.

“This Award affirms the country’s consistent sterling performance in the deployment of skilled overseas Filipino workers under the Korea Employment Permit System (EPS),” said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz in a news release.

In his report to Baldoz, POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said that HRD Korea Director General Kim See Tae handed the award to POEA Deputy Administrator Amuerfina Reyes and Director Ninfa de Guzman at the culmination of the recent EPS workshop held in Seoul late November last year. A total of 15 sending organizations sent delegates to the EPS workshop.

The award came with a plaque and cash of US$300. The Philippines, together with Sri Lanka, shared second place, while Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Vietnam were awarded 3rd place and US$100. Director General Tae bestowed the Best Practice award of US$500 on Nepal.

The five other finalists will also be entitled to a higher labor quota.

Also, the HRD Korea official committed to reimburse the total $1,456 airfare of the two Philippine representatives who bagged the honor on behalf of their country in sympathy for the Philippines due to the effects of super typhoon Yolanda.

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