Back to Manila after failing to get Singapore work permit
Filipino exec among foreigners facing brunt of tighter hiring laws in S'pore
When Filipino Edwin Macaraig tried switching jobs this year, he did not expect his application for a new Employment Pass (EP) to be rejected by Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) - twice.
It happened in July and again late last month after the 39-year-old IT executive, who had been working in a multinational technology company for 3 1/2 years, also tried to apply for permanent residency. He was turned down both times.
Unable to secure a new work pass before his old one expired, Mr Macaraig, who is married to a Filipina and has two daughters, returned to Manila to find work.
"I would surely have wanted to continue working in Singapore had I been given a chance by MOM, primarily because of the money. My last offered package was five times what I make here in the Philippines," he told The Straits Times in an e-mail interview.