Qualified workers from Dumaguete City may earn in South Korea a net income of $ 1, 255 or P 63, 000 per month (depending on the peso-dollar exchange rate) if they are hired under the Seasonal Foreign Worker Employment Program provided in the Common Interest Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Yeongdong-Gun Mayor Park Se Bok signed through a virtual conference today.
Mayor Remollo commended the citizens and officials of Yeongdong-Gun led by Mayor Park Se Bok for offering additional job opportunities for Dumaguete residents in the spirit of camaraderie and in line with the sisterhood agreement between the two cities forged 12 years ago.
Vice-Mayor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Councilors Manuel Sagarbarria, Michael Bandal, Edgar Lentorio Jr., Lilani Ramon, Manuel Patrimonio, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores and SK President Renz Macion supported and voted to authorize Mayor Remollo to sign the MOU between Dumaguete City and Yeongdong-Gun.
Under the proposed Seasonal Foreign Worker Employment Program, a job applicant must be a resident and endorsed by the City Government of Dumaguete, who can work in crop harvesting and cultivation management in Yeondong-Gun for 3-6 months provided he/she must be between the ages 30-55 years-old, must have no medical restrictions to leave the Philippines, without criminal history and covered with travel insurance.
Among the typical jobs available in the fruit and crop farms for grapes, apples, strawberries, walnut, blueberry and peaches include spraying fertilizer and pesticide, flower removal, fruit thinning, pruning, bagging, harvesting, drying and peeling.
Yeongdong-gun will ensure that the Dumaguete workers will not be charged any additional fees except for round trip airfare, travel insurance and administrative expenses.
It is proposed that workers will be given free board and lodging.
The signing of the MOU this morning was held at the session hall with Mayor Remollo, Vice-Mayor Tolentino-Maxino, Councilors Ramon, Bandal, Patrimonio, Amores, Macion, City Legal Officer Manuel Arbon, City Administrator Doram Dumalagan and department heads.
Officials of the County of Yeongdong-Gun participated via zoom conference.
The 2 sister cities have committed that the Seasonal Foreign Worker Employment Program will adhere to the international labor regulations established in the ILO Occupational Safety and Health Convention of 1981 as amended by the Protocol of 2002 and shall comply with the domestic and international laws of the Republic of Korea and the Republic of the Philippines.