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Japan to absorb 1,000 IT Filipino workers this year

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (20 September) -- The Japanese Government through the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) is ready to absorb at least 1,000 Filipino workers in the information technology sector this year.

This was bared by Philippine National IT Standards Foundation (PhilNITS) president Ma. Corazon Akol, during the opening of the PhilNITS Mindanao branch office which was set up in this city.

The said office was established due to the need for an accreditation base in the Mindanao area that would cater to the thousands of IT professionals who wanted to work in Japan.

The Japanese government has allocated a yearly budget of P10 million for the operation of the PhilNITS Mindanao branch.

"Instead of going to Manila or Cebu, IT graduates and professionals can simply just go to our Davao branch, take the exam and if they get to pass the standards, then they are immediately permitted to work in Japan," Akol said.

The said examination is based on common standards which aimed to improve individual technical competence, indicate levels of competence required for various fields of IT engineers, and raise social status of qualified professionals.

The PhilNITS ensures that Filipino IT professionals have sound foundations in math, logic, and information technology and considered globally competitive.

Akol expects about 50 exam takers all over Mindanao who are ready to get the exam scheduled on October this year.

"It's about time that we show the world that Filipinos are not just known to have plenty of entertainers in Japan. Also, we want to position our Filipino workers as globally competitive especially in the field of IT," she said.

With a good standing of exam passers nationwide in the past few years, PhilNITS expects that more and more Japanese companies are beginning to consider Filipino manpower as potential labor force in an IT-advanced country like Japan.

Also, it is expected that Japanese companies will start to consider putting up company branches in Davao city after realizing the good number of competitive manpower resources in the said city. (PIA XI) [top]

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