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Filipino professionals head to Singapore as tourists to seek jobs

This is allowed for foreign professionals; once hired, firms apply for work passes

Published on Dec 23, 2013 7:34 AM
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Mr Ramz entered Singapore as a tourist and found a finance job. Although Manila frowns on it, some Filipinos come here as tourists to look for jobs as the legitimate route takes months and does not guarantee success. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Mr Ramz came to Singapore in March as a tourist but his itinerary did not include visiting the Merlion, Universal Studios or Orchard Road.

Instead, the 29-year-old Filipino had only one goal: to find a job.

He would spend hours scouring employment websites every day, and often had only one meal a day to save money.

Finally, after about four months, he landed a job as a financial analyst at an offshore bank, drawing a monthly salary of $2,800.

 
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DIFFICULT PERIOD

It was stressful. But I told myself to stay positive because I must get a job here.

- Mr Ramz, on the four months he spent looking for a job in Singapore. During that time, the 29-year-old Filipino spent hours scouring job websites every day and often had just one meal a day to save money.