Lingayen — “I am here to help Pangasinenses search for agencies where job opportunities are offered.”
This was assured by Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) member – Landbased Sector Representative Alexander Edades Asuncion after a courtesy call to Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., February 5 at the Governor’s office here.
Apart from establishing a TESDA office (Technical, Education and Skills Development Authority) in San Quintin (Asuncion’s hometown), the POEA official said the agency is providing a lot of opportunities.
Assuncion said that Gov. Espino and Provincial Employment Services Office (PESO) Manager Alex Ferrer will serve as POEA’s partners in bringing job opportunities to the Pangasinenses.
According to him, Japan-based agencies have signified interest to hire farmers to work in Japan, but they have to spend Php15,000 for Nihonggo lessons. However, amount will be reimbursed upon their travel to Japan, Asuncion explained.
Farmers who could be hired in Japan would learn technology-based farming methods which they could impart to the Filipino farmers when they return to the country, he said.
“I can bring overseas recruitment agencies here (in Pangasinan) so people won’t have to travel to POEA Manila,” Asuncion pointed out even as he reminded job applicants to comply with the standards set by job-hiring companies.
Meanwhile, PESO Manager Ferrer said that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) farming communities will cooperate in this noble endeavour.
Satellite offices of POEA have been established in Dagupan City and Government Center in Rosales town but employees there are not on full time. In Dagupan City, POEA has been accommodating applicants during Wednesday, while the Rosales satellite office is open during Fridays, Ferrer noted.
Asuncion urged job applicants to seek the guidance of POEA in searching for job placements overseas to prevent them from becoming victims of fake recruitment agencies.
Farming and jobs fair implementation both advocacies expound by the provincial government won awards recently.
The twin award of the province, (TOFARM2012, award for the Ten Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines and Top Performer Regional PESO – 1st class provincial category — have been credited to the numerous achievements of the Espino administration in environment, tourism, health, fiscal management, human resource development, among others. (PIO/ Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca)