Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Filipinos who fly to work in Japan will receive salaries equivalent to local workers, a government official has said.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the recently signed memorandum of cooperation between the Philippines and Japan will guarantee better salaries for Filipino workers, the Manila Standard reported.

“This is why we are very thankful to the government of Japan. Aside from giving preferential priority to Filipino workers for the requirements of their industries, our workers are assured of better benefits,” Bello said.

Bello said the Philippines was the first country to sign such a deal with Tokyo because of Japan’s high regard for Filipinos.

Japan’s new skilled-worker residency law is expected to benefit at least 100,000 Filipino migrants, who will be needed to work in sectors such as healthcare, building maintenance, food services, industrial machinery, electronics, food manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, construction, shipbuilding, fisheries and aquacultures, parts and tooling and aviation.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said it will release a list of licensed agencies that are authorized to engage in the recruitment and placement of specified skilled workers.

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