Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Monday, February 09, 2009


Japan has an aging population. Their lifestyle gives them less time or no time at all to take care of the old. This paved the way for Japan to open its doors to Filipino nurses and caregivers.

Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. is hopeful that the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) will benefit the nursing and caregiving professionals in Olongapo in cooperation with Tropical Paradise (Retirement) Village, Inc. (TPVI).

Initially, TPVI’s purpose was to provide a home in a tropical country such as the Philippines for Japanese retirees. But the company has extended their services to providing basic Japanese Language Training to aspiring nurses and caregivers.

They have already screened 800 applications from which they were able to pick 50 qualified individuals that underwent free language training. Most of the nurses and caregivers under their training are now level 4 and 3 passers under the Japan Language Proficiency Exam. Some of the trained applicants are now employed locally as regular employees and the company is also hoping to deploy some of these nurses and caregivers to Japan under JPEPA.

Under the agreement, about 200 nurses and 300 caregivers will be initially deployed to Japan for the JPEPA. TPVI has successfully registered 18 of their employees in the POEA website and five of them were luckily included in the matching process done by the receiving company in Japan, the Japan International Cooperation of Welfare Services (JICWEL).

The shortlisted applicants are now waiting for the schedule of their aptitude test (for caregivers) and an interview. Unlike the nurses, caregivers need to pass an aptitude test in order to qualify for the language and culture training to be able to gain employment in Japan.

Earlier, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque has said that the government is expecting to deploy Filipino nurses and caregivers to Japan by April of this year for the JPEPA cooperation.

Marichelle Orca, chief caregiver and administrative officer of TPVI, said that their office has been coordinating with Gordon College for possible employment of their graduates in the said field. “But we are also open to other individuals as long as they meet the requirements set by POEA,” she added.

Tropical Paradise (Retirement) Village, Inc. hold office at 30 A & B, Binictican, Subic Bay Freeport Zone with telephone numbers 252-1691.


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