“I would say, I need China more than anybody else at this time of our national life. I need China.” President Rodrigo Duterte declared on April 9 that he "needs" Beijing to back his administration's priority programs, before departing for China to attend the Boao Forum for Asia. He also stressed the urgent problem of Overseas Filipino workers.
On April 14, Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III stated The Department of Labor and Employment has signed a bilateral agreement with China for the hiring of 2,000 Filipino English teachers in 2018 during the visit of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to China this week.
“They (China) actually need 100,000 English teachers,” Bello said.
Bello also added that there are some 300,000 job opportunities, including musicians, nurses, teachers, cooks, household service workers, and caregivers, that could open up for OFWs.
Chinese market has a great need for qualified foreign English teachers. As we all know, English now is the world most popular language. It is an official language in 53 countries. No matter in school or career, it is very necessary and important to master foreign language, especially spoken English. Well-spoken English is more than an advantage, it is a culture necessity.
Although English is the 2nd language for Filipino, it is widely spoken in the Philippines and they have been studying English since they were very young. As such, they are very comfortable speaking and using English language. As influenced by American culture, we can even see that many of the Filipinos can speak like a native-American.
Chinese market really welcomes more and more Filipino English teacher and other workers to China.