Philippine president goes to Qatar to secure jobs

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will head to Qatar this week to secure jobs for Filipinos amid fears that migrant workers could be among the hardest hit as economies struggle with a slowdown. The three-day trip starting Saturday comes as labor officials estimate up to 100,000 Filipino workers abroad - out of more than 8 million - may lose their jobs because of the financial crisis. Arroyo's office said in a statement she wants to tap investments from the Middle East, which remains cash-rich despite the crisis following years of high oil prices. "The fear of our overseas Filipinos is here before us," Arroyo said, referring to concerns that workers may lose their jobs.