Up to 2,000 Filipino English teachers off to China in July

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Shanghai in China. Photo: istockphoto

The first batch of 2,000 English teachers from the Philippines could be heading to China as early as July. The deployment was confirmed by Philippine Ambassador to Beijing Jose Santiago Sta Romana.

It is part of a deal involving China opening up its labor market to workers from the Philippines, sunwebhk.com reported.

“The teaching contracts will be for two years and can be renewed. The quota for 2018 [from July 1 to June 30 next year] is 2,000 teachers. We are still waiting for implementing rules from the Department of Labor and Employment for other details,” Ambassador Sta Romana said.

According to previous reports, the 2,000 Filipino English teachers will be paid a salary of about US$1,200 per month.

In April, a memorandum of understanding on the hiring of Filipino English teachers to China was signed by Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the Boao Forum in Hainan.

Separately, up to 500,000 work visas, including 300,000 new hires and 200,000 for those black market workers who are already working in China, mostly domestic workers, could be issued to Filipinos as part of an agreement to be signed by Manila and Beijing by the end of this year, the Philippines’ special envoy to China William J Lima told the South China Morning Post.

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