BONTOC, Mountain Province – Three organic farmers from the province flew to Komamoto, Japan to work in separate tomato producing companies as part of the Join Us for Progress: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs program of the Dominguez family.
Dexter Badaran, president of the Manila-based Philippine Human Resource Global Information Center (PHGIC), identified the individuals who were deployed to Japan as Estefania Buyagao, 29, married and a native of Balili, Bontoc; Christen Jane Mangay-at, 25, single and a native of Poblacion, Bauko and Jolina Ayban, 24, single and a native of Lusad, Sabangan.
Buyagao will be employed by the Sun Rise Corporation, Ayban will be working under the Shinokawa Corporation while Mangay-at will be under the Mizutani Juuchine Corporation.
Among the works of the deployed overseas workers include the farm preparation, harvesting and changing of the greenhouses of the tomato produce of the aforesaid companies.
The three newly deployed farm workers from Mountain Province previously acquired their respective certificate of competencies on organic farming through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) training center based in Sabangan and completed their Nihongo language training through the said center prior to their deployment to their work in Komamoto.
Buyagao disclosed that it will be a great sacrifice for her to leave her family behind to work in Japan but there is a need for her to grab the rare opportunity to help in improving the life of her family and to be able to provide her children with a brighter future.
She admitted that when they were called upon by TESDA to avail of the Nihongo language training for a chance to be employed overseas, she did so being familiar with the work ahead that will be given her by the tomato company.
For her part, Ayban pointed out that her being deployed to Japan for a challenging job ahead will be a chance for her to acquire the needed knowledge and skills she can use in helping improve the state of agriculture in her place and the province in the future.
The Sabangan lass disclosed she will bear the challenges of being away from her family to work in a foreign land because it is a rare opportunity to be exposed to the latest trends of agriculture in a developed nation and for her to acquire more skills and knowledge she can share with her townmates to help improve their production of crops.
Mangay-at emphasized that their flight to Japan should serve as a clear message on the real purpose of the program which is to allow skilled workers to be exposed to the latest trends of global agriculture that will elevate their present skills and knowledge to a higher level which they can use in charting the future of agriculture in their respective communities.
She expressed hope on their successful work in Japan in the next several years because they want to help their families have a brighter future.
Badaran revealed that another batch of trained workers from the province will be deployed by October 23, 2022 and November.
Under the said program, qualified residents will be issued a technical intern training visa for 3 years with an extension of 2 years after which they will be issued a specified skills visa for another 5 years that makes the workers qualified to stay in Japan for a maximum of 10 years.
The PHGIC official disclosed that among the sectors that need qualified workers from the Philippines include farming, the various fields of construction, auto-mechanic, caregiving, among other related skills to help in providing opportunities for these individuals to earn a decent income.
At present, Badaran stipulated there are more than 60 of the initial 80 persons that attended the jobs fair who submitted their documents with the company, thus, these are being evaluated and assessed while they will be undergoing the required Japanese language training for them to easily hurdle the interviews of their prospective Japanese employers.
According to him, the company plans to go back to the province to conduct similar job fairs in strategic areas to get more individuals involved in the availing of the opportunities to land a job in Japan.
Former Mayor Jupiter C. Dominguez, who aspired for the province’s lone congressional post in the last May 9, 2022 election, emphasized that the overall aim of the program is to teach people how to fish so that they will be able to use their acquired skills to earn a living for their families instead of giving out dole outs that could easily be gone in a wink of an eye when not properly used for the benefit of their families.
He stipulated that the Dominguez family had been quietly supporting this program which benefited more than 50 individuals who were able to be employed in Japan.
The PHGIC is a non-government organization that has established linkages with prestigious individuals and companies in Japan which are in need of skilled Filipino workers who want to work and be part of the foreign country’s labor force.
The PHGIC official stipulated that almost all of those who earlier enrolled to take the privately-initiated Nihongo language training were able to complete the course although there were also a good number that backed out of the course due to difficulty in learning the language despite their desire to be employed overseas.