Department of Labor and Employment
23 March 2019
PH-Japan labor cooperation pact signed
The governments of the Philippines and Japan on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) providing better protection on the recruitment and deployment of Filipino workers to be hired under a new specified skills residency in Japan.
The labor cooperation pact, signed in Tokyo by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Japanese Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita, aims to strengthen the cooperation of both countries in eliminating malicious intermediary organizations, known as illegal recruiters for the smooth facilitation of sending and accepting workers from Philippines.
“Ensuring the welfare and security of our Filipino skilled workers is among the priorities of the government and this agreement is geared towards a more secure process of recruitment and deployment of specified skilled workers in Japan,” Bello said.
Bello has estimated that Filipino workers would corner at least 30 percent of the 350,000 available jobs Japan is opening to foreign workers effective April 11.
The memorandum seeks to establish a basic partnership framework for the “proper operation of the system pertaining to foreign human resources” with the status of residence of “specified skilled worker” who possess certain expertise and skills in certain job categories.
Among the specified skills include those in health care, building maintenance, food services, industrial machinery, electronics, food manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, construction, shipbuilding, fisheries and aquaculture, parts and tooling and aviation.
Under the agreement, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will serve as the country’s contact points in the processing and accreditation while the verification of skilled workers’ documents, coordination onsite and welfare concerns are under the supervision of Philippine Labor Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – Japan.
The necessary requirement to be hired as a specified skilled worker includes passing the skill level tests and Japanese proficiency, which will be administered by the Japan Foundation in the Philippines.
Workers who will be hired as specified skilled workers can stay in Japan for a maximum of five years under the Specified Skills No. 1 visa status and possible to receive Specified Skills No. 2 if the worker obtained a higher level of specialization.
As of June 2018, there are around 280,000 Filipinos residing and working in Japan of which 34,003 are professional and highly skilled workers.
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PH-Japan labor cooperation pact nilagdaan
Nilagdaan ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas at Japan noong Martes ang Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) na nagtatakda sa proteksiyon sa pag-recruit at pag-deploy ng manggagawang Filipino sa ilalim ng bagong specified skills residency sa Japan.
Ang labor cooperation pact, na nilagdaan sa Tokyo nina Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at Japanese Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita, ay naglalayong palakasin ang kooperasyon ng parehong bansa upang mapigilan ang illegal recruitment para sa maayos na pangangasiwa ng pagpapadala at pagtanggap ng manggagawa mula sa Pilipinas.
“Ang pagtitiyak sa kapakanan at seguridad ng ating Filipino skilled workers ang isa sa mga prayoridad ng pamahalaan at ang kasunduang ito ay nakatuon sa mas tiyak na proseso sa pag-recruit at pag-deploy ng specified skilled worker sa Japan,” ani Bello.
Sa pagtataya ni Bello, maaaring matanggap ng manggagawang Filipino ang 30 porsiyento sa 350,000 bakanteng trabaho na bubuksan ng Japan sa mga banyagang manggagawa ngayong Abril 11.
Nilalayon ng memorandum na magtatag ng basic partnership framework para sa “proper operation of the system pertaining to foreign human resources” na may residence status na “specified skilled worker” na nagtataglay ng certain expertise at skills sa mga specified job categories.
Kabilang sa specified skills ay iyong nasa health care, building maintenance, food services, industrial machinery, electronics, food manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, construction, shipbuilding, fisheries and aquaculture, parts and tooling and aviation.
Sa ilalim ng kasunduan, ang Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ang naatasan bilang contact point ng bansa sa pag-proseso at akreditasyon, habang ang Philippine Overseas Labor Office-Japan ang mangangasiwa sa document verification, onsite coordination at welfare concern ng skilled worker.
Upang matanggap bilang specified skilled worker, kinakailangang makapasa sa skill level test at Japanese proficiency, na pangangasiwaan ng Japan Foundation sa Pilipinas.
Ang matatanggap bilang specified skilled worker ay maaaring manirahan sa Japan ng hanggang limang taon sa ilalim ng Specified Skills No. 1 visa status at maaaring mabigyan ng Specified Skills No. 2 kung ang manggagawa ay makatatanggap ng mataas na antas ng specialization.
Nitong Hunyo 2018, tinatayang may 280,000 Filipino ang naninirahan at nagtatrabaho sa Japan, kung saan 34,003 ang professional at highly skilled workers.
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