The Department of Labor and Employment revealed on Saturday, September 19, that employers from Kyushu, Japan prefer Filipino workers for their industriousness and fast learning ability.
This was cited in the post outreach mission report of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Osaka, Japan to the Department of Labor and Employment.
DOLE: Pinoy Workers Preferred by Employers in Kyushu, Japan
According to Labor Attache Elizabeth Estrada, employers were very appreciative of the country’s efforts to reach out to them amid the pandemic, the Manila Bulletin reported.
Moreover, they expressed their hope for the lifting of the ban on foreign workers due to the coronavirus.
The DOLE said that the POLO visited the worksites of OFWs in vulnerable occupations, particularly in the performing arts and agriculture sectors, and consulted with the employers on the issues and concerns on Filipino workers and labor documentation.
In line with this, the teams from the labor office also checked the working and living condition of the OFWs and promoted the Philippine government’s programs for the Filipino migrant workers.
Employers from Japan also commended POLO’s sharing of information and documents on the prescribed processes and documentary requirements for both the Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) and the Technical Intern Training Program (TITP) and the common mistakes that the POLO-Osaka has observed in the evaluation of labor documents with Japanese translation.
The labor department noted that the SSW is a status of residence applicable to foreigners who work in jobs that require considerable knowledge of or experience in specified industries while the TITP, also known as the Skills and Technology Transfer Project, is an arrangement between POEA and Japan International Training Cooperation Organization that allows the acceptance of skilled workers.
Seven of the eight prefectures in Kyushu are under the jurisdiction of POLO-Osaka namely Fukuoka, Saga, Oita, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima.
The region has around 27,000 overseas Filipino workers.