Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev made it clear that Filipinos are very much welcome in Russia, whether as tourists or overseas workers.
“Filipinos are most welcome in Russia. They are known as hardworking, law-abiding and really nice people,” said the envoy during a press conference held at his residence in Makati City to share the result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s official visit to Russia earlier this month.
Some of the agreements inked are related to energy, transportation, agriculture, telecommunications, digital economy and defense and security.
“We have advanced and sophisticated technologies that we are very much interested to share with the Philippines,” said the 57-year-old diplomat.
Russia is among the top weapons producers and exporters in the world.
In fact, it is currently ranked second in the world in the production of ballistic missile submarines and the only strategic bomber force aside from the United States of America.
Aside from talks on defense and security, President Duterte and Russian leader Vladimir Putin discussed a more important issue — employment opportunities for Filipinos.
According to Khovaev, labor opportunities await Filipinos, most especially those in the construction industry.
The envoy also emphasized that opportunities exist but qualifications matter for anyone who wishes to apply.
Khovaev believes Filipinos possess the necessary qualities but also underscores another important factor on being hired by any company.
“Just formulate your desires and we can reach that agreement,” bared the envoy, adding that any agreement that will be inked between the two nations will largely depend on the interests and welfare of the Filipinos.