The Department of Labor and Employment in Manila. Photo: Google Maps

The Department of Labor and Employment in Manila has signed an agreement with China to employ 2,000 Filipino English teachers. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III and China’s ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jian-hua, signed the memorandum of understanding, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

The 2,000 Filipino English teachers will be paid a salary of US$1,200. “China actually needs 100,000 English teachers,” Bello said.

Bello added that China will also accept domestic workers for middle-class families in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen. The agreement came after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week.

Bello said Filipinos who are seeking employment in China must contact employment agencies, have a valid license and be accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

There are about 300,000 job opportunities for Filipinos in China as the Chinese labor ministry is looking to recruit cooks, caregivers, domestic workers, musicians and nurses, Gulf News reported.

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