Another project that's keeping me busy here in Laoag is this special training program of TESDA. It is a joint initiative with TESDA's counterpart in Japan, JITCO (short for Japan International Training Cooperation Organization) to bring Filipino skilled workers to train in Japan for a maximum of 3 years (and get some allowance, siyempre).
I was very fortunate enough to have met the good people at Ocean Bridge and Arc Foundation (OBAF) which is a TESDA-accredited Sending Organization. I invited them over to Laoag a month ago to give an orientation on the program to interested persons, and just like that they booked their tickets and came over last week. Salamat po, ma'am Malou and JR!
The program works like this:
1. A person should be skilled in welding, electronics, plastic molding, painting or sandblasting, among others. He applies with a Sending Organization (OBAF in this case). Takes an exam. Undergoes a medical exam.
2. If he qualifies, he is sent to a training facility in Laguna to learn Nihonggo for 4 months. The training is free.
3. If he passes the language exam, he processes his passport and other documentary requirements.
4. The trainee is sent to Japan (plane fare is paid by the Sending Organization)
5. Trainee is assigned to an Accepting Company (Hitachi, Canon, Sony, etc.) where they hone their skills for the next 3 years. They are given a monthly allowance, which is very competitive and attractive compared to working here in the Philippines.
If you know anyone in the Ilocos area who does welding, painting, sandblasting, plastic molding, furniture making or electronics (aged between 19 to 25), and would want to train abroad, tell them to attend the next orientation on May 31, Saturday, at the Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos Auditorium in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte. 1:00pm-4:30pm.
For more information, interested parties can contact (77) 770-4696 or visit our office at Rm 214, Ilocano Heroes Hall, Rizal St., Laoag City. Look for Ms. Melymar Astocia.