A new batch of Filipino nurses and caregivers under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) finished the Japanese language and culture training, aimed at helping them start their career in the foreign land.
The 206 health workers – 38 nurse candidates and 168 care worker candidates – were feted on May 20 at the closing ceremony of the six months preparatory Japanese Language Training Program.
The graduates compose the eighth batch of Filipino health workers to train at the National Language Skills Institute of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). TESDA earlier signed memorandum of agreement with the Japan Foundation Manila for the training program.
“Knowledge of the Japanese language and culture will contribute to the candidate’s ability to adapt and settle in faster,” TESDA Director General Irene Isaac said.
“It’s adding value to their skills,” she added.
This will also assist the candidate nurses and caregivers in passing the Japanese Licensure Examinations to make them permanent workers in Japan.
Once in Japan, they will undergo another six months Japanese language training.
In his message, Hiroyuki Enoki, Labor Attache at the Japan Embassy in the Philippines, told the candidates to “give all your best because you have a long way to go” in their journey to their new life in Japan.
“You will experience many challenges in Japan physically and psychologically, but don’t give up,” he said.
“There are many applicants, but not all are chosen. Be proud of what you have done. Don’t let it get in your head and don’t be complacent,” Enoki added.
TESDA Deputy Director General Rose Urdaneta said that apart from the knowledge of the Japanese language, what will set the Filipino nurses and care workers apart is their compassion for people.
“It’s a trait we Filipinos are known for,” Urdaneta said.
Hans Cacdac, administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), advised them to “focus on your goals” and “be prepared for the major challenges that will come your way.”
Since the program started in 2011, a total of 971 candidate nurses and care workers have completed the language training.
Cacdac said that 77 nurses and 136 care workers have so far passed the Japanese Licensure Examination. END