Amid increasing tensions in the Korean peninsula, Filipino workers continue to seek jobs in Seoul, South Korea’s capital, but the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said there are no takers for female workers so far.
POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said on Monday that the government has temporarily stopped accepting female workers for registration for the Employment Permit System (EPS) Test of Proficiency in Korean (Topik) scheduled this July.
While there are many job vacancies for foreign workers in South Korea, Cacdac added, employers there do not demand female workers.
The POEA chief said the Philippines is allowed to deploy 7,900 workers to South Korea on a labor quota for 2013 but there are not enough male workers to fill up the vacancies.
In 2012, he added, there were 9,372 applicants endorsed for South Korea’s EPS program. Of this number, 3,109 workers got hired. But, Cacdac said, “of the remaining 4,943 names on the list, 1,481 are male and 3,462 are female.”
“There is a slow demand for woman workers in South Korea, hence the temporary stoppage of acceptance of applications for the EPS-Topik,” he added.
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