TADIAN, Mountain Province – The deployment of farm workers from some communities in the province to Japan is now on its seventh month following the recent dispatch of some six workers to their respective Japanese employers in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Michelle Kinaod, local coordinator of the Nihongo language training in the municipality, said that the latest farm workers to be deployed to Japan were Fremia Boy-og of Sagada who will be working with the Sawada Shinji Company; Drona Bantasan of Bansa, Bauko who was employed by the Taiga Company; Marites Ligos of Bantey, Tadian who will be working with the D’craft Company; Shara Safira Riga of Tapayan, Tadian who will work under the Shimokawa Co Ltd; Abigail Batinan of Bansa, Bauko who is now with the Naito Satoshi Company and Janielyn Cabal of Poblacion, Bauko who was hired by the Kenji Yamada Company.
She claimed that these hired farm workers are now with their respective employers and are undergoing the necessary orientation for their farm work.
The deployment of skilled workers to Japan under the Join Us for Progress: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs program started in October 2022 and continued over the past several months to provide qualified residents with gainful employment.
The hiring of skilled workers from the province paved the way for the establishment of Nihongo language training centers in Sabangan, Tadian and Paracelis to allow interested individuals to undergo the required language training prior to their deployment in Japan.
The operation of the established Nihongo language training centers in the different parts of the province is in partnership with the Bulacan-based Sage Asian Language Center and the Manila-based Philippine Human Resource Global Information |Center (PHGIC).
Under the said program, qualified skilled workers from the different parts of the province should first undergo the required 4 to 6 months Nihongo language training in the nearest established Nihongo language training centers before they will be interviewed and assessed by their prospective employers.
Kinaod said that the Nihongo language training is free courtesy of the Dominguez family and that their deployment to their prospective employers does not require placement fee or any other charges.
She disclosed that the earlier deployed farm workers are doing well with their employers that is why more individuals are now interested in taking the Nihongo language training to familiarize themselves with the language prior to applying for their desired work in the foreign land.
This program started more than 3 years ago with the deployment of caregivers to Japan before it was expanded last year to cover farm workers and other skills needed in Japan.