Top Firms Go on Recruitment Spree

DUBAI — Against a backdrop of the global economic meltdown, Gulf-based Philippine labour officials held consultations with top companies in the 
Middle East during a two-day ‘Job 
Summit’ that began on Sunday at 
Renaissance Hotel, Dubai to accelerate filling out of job orders.

By Lily B. Libo-on

Published: Tue 14 Apr 2009, 1:14 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:14 AM

The Job Summit, opened by the Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, has drawn established firms and new companies from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Libya, Algeria, Oman and Bahrain.

Job consultations were made with the managers of private service providers involved in the recruitment and hiring of skilled workers as well as professional, government officials and employers from the different MENA Region.

Dr Hussain M. Almahdi, chairman of the Federation of Gulf Cooperating Council Chambers of Commerce Committee on Human Resources and Labour Market in UAE, made a presentation on the Middle East labour market outlook.

Key players composed of employers, manpower providers, officials of the Philippines and Gulf states in the overseas employment of Filipino workers in the Middle East and North African region discussed how the Philippines could accelerate the filling up of a large share of job orders in the region within this year in the light of the current global economic crisis.

The Job Summit sought to assess employment and business opportunities in countries in the Middle East and North Africa as a major labour receiving region, to identify issues and concerns and recommend measures to strengthen cooperation among stakeholders in both sending and receiving countries. It is intended to preserve existing jobs and to generate more employment opportunities for all.

Issues were discussed in the plenary sessions spearheaded by Philippine Labour Secretary Marianito Roque. The first day was highlighted with the presentation of the manifesto confirming 200,141 new jobs for the overseas Filipino workers.

On-the-spot verification of the job orders and authentication services and presentation of action programmes on filling up of existing job orders of the Philippine Overseas Labour Posts in the MENA Region was made.

Among the big employers in attendance were Dubai World Security, Emirates Group, Almarai Group, Kernzner International Management for Atlantis Hotel, Consolidated Contractors International Company, Daelim International Operations and Daewoo Engineer and Construction for UAE; Al-Suwaidi, Nesma And Partners Contracting Company, Mohd Al Mojil Group, Saudi Oger Ltd and Bechtel and Sub-Contractors for KSA; The National Company for Mechanical and Electrical Works and Kuwait Food Company (Middle East Operations) for Kuwait; and, Oman Airports Management Company for Oman.

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