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South Australia seeks workers from Philippines 27/11/2008

The Philippine Labor Department is set to sign a deal with the government of South Australia for the recruitment of Filipinos in the Australian state.

Our reporter Shirley Escalante in Manila says Labor director Jay Julian says the deal would allocate jobs for Filipinos in the mining, construction and health services of South Australia.

He says South Australia is looking for 10,000 foreign workers to fill up vacancies.

The deal would provide protection for workers, safe and ethical recruitment procedures as well as training programs that would upgrade the workers' skills.

A Philippine labor team has met with South Australian representatives and has visited their labor market.

The Philippine economy is largely dependent on remittances sent by almost two million citizens working overseas.

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