After the nurse, enters the chef

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With the oversupply of nurses and ever increasing demand for Filipinos to leave the country, the new career craze is to be a chef. From just one culinary school in 2000, the country suddenly has 400 cook schools. If no regulations of these schools are implemented there will thousands who will be exploited, just like the mushrooming of 400,000 licensed nurses who have no place to work.

Chefs are the new rock stars now. Everyone wants to be a chef. When I started, there were hardly any culinary schools here … And there was no chef, it was just the cook. When I got back, there are culinary schools everywhere,” said Ian Padilla a Filipino chef at Parisian restaurant Tailevent. Reuters/ABS CBN News (09/30/08, Francisco,R.)

About 8,400 kitchen workers left for jobs abroad and 5,500 of them are chefs and cooks. The chef’s compensation abroad can be as high as $4,000/month compared to the usual salary of average Filipino workers which is about $220-320/month. With unemployment rate above 7%, the temptation to be an OFW is strong.

However, potential for victimization of Filipinos is obvious here. The government is prodded to work hard to create jobs, reprogam its labor plans to suit the needs of the nation. Otherwise more and more people will be forced to follow an estimated 50,000 and 230,000 workers who left in 2007 to be employed as maids and seamen respectively. This is in addition to the countless number who work in menial jobs such as welders, waiters, carpenters, drivers, plumbers, upholsterers, and other construction workers. Photo Credit: wayneandwax) =0=

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