Mostly educated in the English language, Filipinos are able to communicate well, as may be confirmed by the IELTS system, where we are second only to Malaysia in Asia in terms of performance in the four bands of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
The country’s technical and vocational educational sector produces annually some 1.3 million graduates from its 239 qualifications from Animal Production to Customer Services. The formal education sector, on the other hand, projects that by 2016, it will have graduated 1.16 million from its information technology, engineering and technology, social and behavioural science, and business administration and related courses. As of last year, the Professional Regulation Commission have registered a cumulative total of 32,537 civil engineers, 18,388 electrical engineers, 14,698 master electricians, 3,226 master plumbers, and 39,394 accountants. We have people from Vanuatu in the south Pacific to Xinjiang in the western edge of China, from the Sudan to the Virgin Islands, from Malta to Mexico. Second to the Chinese, we are probably the most geographically dispersed nationality in the world.
In Australia, we are the fourth largest supplier of temporary work migrants, per records of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. While those who land as permanent residents mostly prefer the urban centers of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, the 457 visa holders are concentrated in the mining, energy and construction centers of Western Australia and Queensland. Our motor mechanics, electricians, engineers, doctors, nurses, accountants and welders are some of the best in the world.
Our regulatory regime for overseas employment is one of the most effective among the labour-sending countries, and our protective mechanisms against abuse and maltreatment of our nationals are enforced by a network of overseas labour officers and consular officials, who are mandated to address work-related issues and problems challenging our OFWs.