TADIAN, Mountain Province – Some fifty residents of the province will comprise the next batch of prospective overseas workers who will undergo a 4-month Nihongo language training starting January next year as part of the major requirements for their possible deployment to Japan for their overseas work.
Dexter Badaran, president and chief executive officer of the Manila-based Philippine Human Resource Global Information Center (PHGIC), said that the next batch for this training were already screened pursuant to the requirements of their prospective employers.
He claimed that women workers should be below 27 years old while male workers should be below 35 years old for them to be qualified for the Nihongo language training, among other requirements.
The PHGIC official disclosed that the Nihongo language training is being done in partnership with the Bulacan-based Sage Asian Language and Education Center and the Dominguez family to ensure they will be proficient with the language when deployed to Japan.
According to him, there will be no more deployment to Japan this month because the employers are busy in other works but it may resume probably by January next year.
The program is part of the Join Us for Progress: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs program of the PHGIC and the Dominguez family to provide deserving residents from the province the chance to be gainfully employed in Japan using their skills.
Badaran explained that farm workers from the province are in demand in Japan thus the company is seeking qualified and competent individuals who are willing to be trained for their deployment in the coming months.
The program was launched early this year and it will be a continuing initiative although the deployment of caregivers had been supported by the Dominguez family for over 3 years now.
Under the 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.
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 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.
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.