According to the Department of Labor and Employment, they have participated in a bilaterial talk with the Ministry of Employment in Thailand with the latter promising that they will soon open up more slots for English teachers from the Philippines to work in Thailand. The good thing is that they won’t have to worry about Thai work permit as the charges will all be shouldered by the Thai government.
In a statement by Silvestre Bello III, the current labour secretary, they have already agreed in sending English teachers to Thailand and they are just waiting for the signing of the deal. This is in line with the English For All Project which requires teachers to be deployed in the Eastern Economic Corridor of Thailand also known as the EEC.
Bello clarified that the Thai government specifically wants to hire Filipinos because we are known to be excellent English speakers and our teachers have a competent reputation all over the world. The proposed agreement will be under the Ministry of Education of Thailand. All the teachers they will hire will be assigned to different government schools both in primary and secondary level.
The proposed salary for teachers who will be employed under the program is 25,000 baht or equivalent to 45,000 in Philippine peso. The amount is already inclusive of housing allowance. They will also receive a number of benefits such as personal accident insurance, work permit and round trip airline ticket.
Thailand is also opening up other job opportunities aside from English teachers. They are also in need of professionals in various industries including dental medicine, engineering, accounting, architecture and medicine.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines, as of writing there are 16,704 Filipino citizens that are employed all over Thailand. Of the total number, 11, 848 are working as professionals with Thai work permit such as musicians and teachers. There are also those who are professional expats that are employed by large multi-national companies. This method of hiring is preferred by many because they will be working under the government which reduces the risk of becoming victims of human trafficking and illegal recruiters.