DOLE: OFW teachers to benefit from deal with Thailand
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DOLE to Deploy English Teachers as Part of Agreement with Thailand

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III will soon sign a deal with Thailand’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) regarding the employment of English teachers for their country’s “English for All” program. The upcoming deal is a result of their bilateral talks last March 2019 at the office of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Thailand’s Ministry of Education will hire qualified Filipino teachers to teach the English language to students in the primary and secondary educational levels of their public schools. These institutions are at the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), a developing economic region which includes the Chachoengsao, Chonburi, and Rayong provinces of the country.

On a statement released last Sunday, Bello mentioned that the Thai Government prefers Filipino teachers because of their competency and proficiency in the English language. If a Filipino applicant qualifies for the “English for All” program, MOL will provide the following benefits:

  • Housing allowance;
  • Salary worth 25,000 Thailand Baht a month (equivalent to 40,000 Philippine Pesos);
  • Personal accident insurance;
  • Round-trip airfare; and
  • Paid work permit fees.

Thailand’s Initiatives Help Strengthen Ties with the Philippines

During an inter-agency meeting on the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Philippines’ Department of Education (DepEd) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Thailand discussed the hiring of Filipino teachers for their “English for All” program. The MOU aims to “improve and promote” the professional relations between the two countries to uphold teacher’s welfare and protection while facilitating their recruitment, entry, and exit to and from Thailand.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones explained that Filipino teachers in their country are already an “existing situation.” However, the Secretary to the Minister of Education of Thailand M.L. Pariyada Diskul emphasized that there are big projects for highly-regarded Filipino teachers. “Your teachers are very diligent and blend in well with our culture,” she said.

Diskul added that Thailand wanted to recruit and place Filipino teachers in the EEC to help improve the English-speaking skills of the children residing there. She is looking forward that the current project may lead to the beginning of other plans to come. Briones acknowledged Diskul’s remarks, affirming Thailand’s efforts to improve the relationship between the Philippines and Thailand by helping OFW teachers who intend to work in their country.

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