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CFO holds education campaign for migrants

by SC Aro

La Trinidad, Benguet (21 February) -- Noting the upsurge of Nikkeijins leaving for Japan, the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) conducted forums/pulong-pulong in Benguet and Mt. Province last week as part of the yearly community education program on migration.

CFO Senior Emigrant Services Officer Cherry Joy Veniles said Japan has opened its doors to 'Nikkeijins', descendants of Japanese who remained in the country after World War II who are encouraged to work in Japan.

Next to Davao, the provinces of Benguet and Mt Province were noted to have high record of migration which increased last year.

Veniles said they could not account yet the number of migrants to Japan but noted an average of 10 to 15 Nikkeijins and Filipinos married to Japanese who leave the country every other day.

Veniles said Japan has an aging population and they are encouraging their descendants to take the opportunity to work in their country as factory workers or in the farm.

She said there is a need to inform these Japanese prospective migrants to understand the implications of the documents they are signing so that they will know what they will be into.

Veniles said their concern is on the issue on labor conditions which is part of the contract as they are not considered as Overseas Filipino Workers.

CFO's inter-agency community education and information campaign program seeks to assist prospective migrants in making informed decisions regarding settlement abroad, generate community involvement in migration concerns.

It also aims to raise public awareness on various issues concerning migration, intermarriage and existing government policies and programs directed against illegal recruitment, documentation fraud, and human trafficking. (PIA-Benguet) [top]

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