By Neil Arwin Mercado | Inquirer.net
MANILA, Philippines — The government of Hungary is planning to hire more Filipinos to work in the country located in Central Europe, specifically in their hospitality and electronics sectors.
This was revealed Wednesday by Hungary’s Ambassador to the Philippines Titanilla Toth, who paid a courtesy call on President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. at the latter’s headquarters in Mandaluyong City.
According to her, more than 800 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are currently working in the landlocked country.
“We are happy to increase the number in the future,” Toth said in a press briefing.
“We have specific areas in which the collaboration can be closer, mostly in the hospitality sector like hotels. Also, the factories, like many electronics factories, are looking forward to skilled workers from the Philippines,” she added.
Toth said her government eyes closer cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, which could serve as its “biggest partner” to conduct training prior to the deployment of Filipino workers to Hungary.
Trade and investment
Meanwhile, Toth said most companies in Hungary are looking for “strong partnerships with local companies and local entities.”
“In our case, we believe in close cooperation and close partnership,” she noted.
“Of course, we are not against the investment and if there is a Hungarian company for example in the water sector, which is really promising and giving very good opportunities in the Philippines, yes, we are happy to do that,” she added.
She also said that the Hungarian and Philippine governments can cooperate in the education sector, pointing out that her government is providing 35 scholarships to Filipino students.
“Maybe in the future, we can increase that,” Toth said.