Manila, Philippines. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Patrick Roque

The Philippine government has been urged to review its policy of exporting Filipino workers abroad after suspending their deployment to Kuwait after reports of abuse.

In a commentary published by the Manila Bulletin, columnist Getsy Tiglao said the government should reconsider the five-decade-old policy of exporting Filipinos.

She said the Philippines needed skilled workers such as medical practitioners, engineers, construction workers and others in order for the country to prosper. However, workers in these fields leave the country for better-paying jobs abroad.

“Building a nation needs having all these skilled workers pitching in to help their particular sector of society,” Tiglao said.

She urged Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III to prioritize creating jobs in the country as there are not enough for the 40 million people in the labor force.

“Bello needs to come up with an innovative employment generation program, one that is radical and will ensure that we can reintegrate any Filipino abroad who wants to come home and work here,” she said.

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