Licensed Filipino teachers who are working overseas have been urged to return to the country to help address the shortage of teachers in public elementary and high schools.
Under the reintegration program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), OFWs who had returned in the last three years and had teaching experience in the last five years may apply for teaching positions and be employed with the Department of Education.
Those who have teaching experience beyond five years, or have no teaching experience at all, on the other hand, will need to undergo an online refresher course, according to DOLE.
In a statement, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the program, dubbed “Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir (SPIMS),” aims to give teachers "decent and sustainable" work and to help ease the country's insufficient supply of public school teachers.
"The program has again benefited new set of former OFWs who are now teachers," Bello said. "We are glad for the beneficiaries because they are already back for good, closer to their families and loved ones and they now have regular teaching positions in their respective hometowns."
DOLE-7 Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga reported that a total of 19 OFWs in Central Visayas have already benefited from the program.
Five from Cebu are now teaching in the public schools of Cebu City, Madridejos, Borbon, and Lilo-an in Cebu.
The rest are from Bohol and now work in public elementary and high schools in Dagohoy, Trinidad, Danao, Tubigon, Loay, Cortes, Lila, Carmen, President Carlos P. Garcia, Talibon, and Mabini in Bohol.
All used to work as teachers and household service workers in Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News