Thursday, January 7, 2010
‘Misleading’ POEA report on OFWs hit | Manila Bulletin: "The POEA earlier said the actual OFW deployment for 2009 reached 1.23 million, adding that the global financial crisis has made little impact on the deployment of workers abroad. The total number reportedly increased by 11.7 percent from 1.14 million in 2008.“In reality, seafarers are re-hires since their contracts average to six to eight months and return to their ships again in two to three months. So, therefore, a seaman/woman may be counted twice as a new hire as he/she may leave twice in a year. This may be the real reason why the sea-based sector shows an increase in the number deployed,’’ he explained.months"