MANILA, Philippines (March 20): Through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Philippines inks labor agreement with the Yukon, Canada government.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Minister Ranj Pillai signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in a virtual ceremony on March 18. It highlights not only the employment but also the protection of skilled Filipino workers.
“The Memorandum of Understanding that we are signing today not only strengthens our bilateral labor relations but will also enhance our cooperation in the protection, recruitment, and deployment of Filipino workers in Yukon,” said Bello during the signing ceremony.
This MOU’s primary objective is in order to facilitate the agreement under the “Yukon Nominee Program.”
Under it, employers are allowed to hire long-term foreign employees, called nominees, who are expected to live long-term in Yukon; however, it’s employer-driven, so the employers should submit the application themselves.
The “Philippines-Yukon Joint Communiqué” was signed in Whitehorse in 2019 to execute the MOU between the two governments stating the “employment and protection” of Filipino workers in the Yukon Nominee Program.
Under the MOU, employers, agents, and immigration consultants are prohibited from charging fees for their recruitment services and selection.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Yukon’s Department of Economic Development will implement the MOU.
The Joint Working Committee, which is composed of Deputy Consul General Arlene Magno, POLO Vancouver Labor Attaché Jainal Rasul, Jr. and Consul General Maria Andrelita Austria, will have to approve the implementing guidelines to start the screening process.
“They offer to hire workers from our country because Filipinos are skilled and reliable,” as published in a PHILSTAR Global article on March 14.
Due to this latest development, it is expected that there will be 2000 jobs available for Filipino skilled workers in Yukon, Canada annually.
The careers that will be opening are mostly for heavy equipment operators, nurses, cooks, chefs, engineers, caregiver, call center agents and others which salaries are ranging from P80,000 to P300,000.
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