President Aquino commends Korea's foreign workforce program

November 21, 2011 11:03 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 21 — President Benigno S. Aquino III commended on Monday Republic of Korea’s foreign workforce introduction program that ensures the proper treatment of overseas Filipino workers employed in South Korea.

In a statement read during the State Visit of South Korean President Lee Myung-BaK in Malacañang Monday morning, President Aquino said Korea’s Employment Permit System (EPS) will also ensure that OFWs receive benefits in relation to their jobs.

“I commend the exemplary foreign workforce introduction program of the Republic of Korea, called the Employment Permit System, or the EPS, which earned the United Nations Public Service Award last June,” President Aquino said.

“The EPS system ensures that the more than 20,000 Filipinos working in the ROK will receive the proper treatment and the benefits commensurate to the critical jobs they perform toward the growth of the Korean economy,” he added.

The Republic of Korea is the fifth largest trade partner of the Philippines with bilateral trade reaching 6.08-million dollars in 2010. It is also the third top investor in the Philippines with investments reaching 691.3-million dollars. (PNA)

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