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Canada needs highly motivated Filipino workers

Tacloban City (April 16) -- Importing workers from the Philippines will answer the void left open by the insatiable demands on the human resource market, Mr. Leo Casuga of Exultant Human Resources of Canada, who was in the country recently, informed.

There are thousands of jobs needed to be filled and there’s nobody in Canada available to do the job. Filipinos are regarded as strong and solid, trustworthy, highly motivated, educated and acclimatized overseas workforce are very much welcomed in Canada, Mr. Casuga who moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada when he was 17, said.

“There are obviously a lot of marketable traits of Filipino workers and zooming in on a few negative aspects should not deter us from convincing the prospective employers," Mr. Casuga enthused.

With his counterpart in the Philippines, the SkyWorld Business, Mr. Casuga and his older brother Henry, recently interviewed applicants for hotel staff, from the frontline service providers, housekeeping, including bellboys and boiler operators. He is amazed at the presence of rich human resource in the Philippines.

There is a move to bridge contact with everyone involve in this program so that there will be a better chance that these jobs will be offered to our countrymen in the Philippines, Mr. Casuga said.

The Filipino workers are charged with a very minimal placement fee. However, there is a plan, Mr. Casuga said, which involves an almost hassle free process for the would-be employee from the Philippines. Rather than charging them an upfront placement fee, the employee pays the same only once they start working here in Canada, which is normally equivalent to a month's salary.

Furthermore, Mr. Casuga said, the temporary work visa legally carries a two-year contract duration with a required return trip ticket. However, the employer has the option to retain, sponsor and renew the employee's work permit in cases he sees fit. Some sectors are working to extend the regular one-year work visa to a minimum of two years, arguing that a one-year contract isn't really worth the effort of processing and expenses in the first place.

What is good is that the would-be employee will be assisted in looking for housing facilities by the recruiter in Canada. Calgary's housing boom has also put a dent in this effort. Human Resources Canada expects employers to assist with settling the temporary foreign workers into the community and, likewise, confirm the availability of affordable and suitable housing and accommodations.

Mr. Casuga bared the unprecedented boom of Alberta has presented a new avenue of opportunities for thousands of Filipinos from home willing to fill the labor shortfall the province is currently experiencing.

Since the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Monte Solberg announced the creation of the Temporary Worker Unit in Calgary in July 2006, a steady number of hiring and recruitment agencies aiming to recruit Filipino workers directly from the Philippines is steadily gaining popularity, Mr. Casuga added.

The Temporary Foreign Worker initiative is lauded as a great effort to aggressively address the labor market shortage threatening to hold up the continued economic growth of the province.

However, with the influx of these opportunities it is advised that prospective applicants must be wary and cautious about falling prey to bogus and unscrupulous recruiters, Mr. Casuga warned. It is up to the applicants to figure out legitimate fees before embarking on a contract, he said. (PIA 8) [top]

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