The Philippines will deploy more workers to Canada following the signing of a joint communique between Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd and his Canadian counterpart.
The joint communique, according to Bello, called for the deployment in Yukon, a province of Canada, of skilled overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who will have the opportunity to bring their families there.
Yukon would open 2,000 jobs per year in various industries.
“The joint communique with Yukon, Canada contains a request for 2,000 skilled workers every year,” Bello said. “Filipinos there look very prosperous, very happy. I talked to every single one of them and they were all happy and well taken care of.”
Following the agreement, Bello directed Administrator Bernard Olalia of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to fast-track the deployment of workers to Yukon, as well as the processing of the Overseas Employment Certificate of those who will be working in Vancouver and Toronto.
“After we met with our counterparts, I advised [Administrator] Olalia to liberalize the deployment of OFWs in Canada. We had a first-hand encounter with the Filipinos in Yukon and we are assured that they are well-protected, and respected without any class distinction. We heard not a single complaint,” the Labor chief, who visited Canada last month, said.
The salaries offered range from P80,000 to P300,000. Most of the available positions, which will be opened to Filipino skilled workers, are heavy equipment operators, nurses, cook, chefs, engineers, caregivers and call center agents.
Interested applicants should be fluent in English, possess the related job degree, with appropriate training, and are physically and mentally fit.
“Canadians prefer Filipino workers because of the impression of our quality of work and efficiency. They are also conscious about the family bond, hence, they encourage the workers to bring their family with them in Canada and they will facilitate their entry,” Bello said.
“Yukon is a territory in northwest Canada and we think there are around 20,000 residents or people, of which 3,000 are Filipinos. So, everywhere you go, you will see and meet Filipinos. They are very welcomed in the community,” he added.