Monday, June 20, 2005

Over 2,000 OFWs leave each day for work abroad

By Veronica Uy

AN AVERAGE of 2,857 Filipinos left every day for work abroad from January 1 to June 13 this year, up from the 2,724 who left during the same period last year, the Department of Labor and Employment said in a statement Friday.

Citing the figures from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Labor Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas said a total of 468,062 Filipinos left for work abroad during that period, or 4.24 percent more compared to the 449,531 Filipinos who left during same period last year.

She said the deployment of land-based overseas Filipino workers increased by 10,204 from 344,869 to 355,073 and of overseas Filipino seafarers by 8,867 from 104,662 to 113,529.

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