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In response to need for more qualified OFWs, DMW is opening a Japan Desk.

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As Japanese firms have stated their aim to hire more competent Filipino employees, the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is getting ready to build a Japan Desk to assure the quick processing of OFWs.

In a statement released on Thursday, DMW Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople revealed that over 80 Japanese companies have already expressed interest in hiring additional talented Filipino workers.

Ople, a member of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s official delegation now in Japan, claimed that Filipino workers are preferred by Japanese employers because of their superior work ethics and outgoing personalities.

According to her, “Japanese companies generally felt that Filipino employees made their workplaces more cheerful and were very trustworthy and trainable.”

The Migrant Workers Office in Osaka, which is run by Labor Attaché Elizabeth Estrada, invited the Japanese companies to a consultation session.

After that, there was a discussion with employees who were Special Skilled Worker and Technical Internship Training Program (TITP) and TITP employees in Japan (SSW).

The TITP seeks to hire individuals from other nations who wish to learn industrial and vocational skills in Japan in order to enhance their professional lives when they return to their home nations.

To fill employment quotas in 14 industrial fields, the SSW permits the Japanese government to hire skilled overseas workers.

Filipino workers in Japan convinced Ople, who attended the Osaka sessions, that they are treated well and would prefer to continue working in Japan if the Japanese government and their companies would permit it.

“My bosses are mababait, please. Our bosses are considerate, Minsan. (Our employers are friendly. Even on occasion, they would provide food for us),” a SuperCourt employee told Ople.
Ople announced that a Japan desk will be established in the Office of the Secretary in response to the favorable comments and the need from Japanese firms for more competent Filipino workers. This will serve to expedite the demands of both Japanese employers and Filipino trainees.

To make the Philippines the top supplier of skilled employees in Japan, Ople added, “we want to forge deeper ties with Japanese firms and the government.”

For entry-level TITP trainees, a worker’s monthly pay in Japan ranges from 130,000 yen (about PHP54,548) to 900,000 yen (PHP377,640) for specialized roles for highly qualified experts.

She did, however, point out that passing the language test while already employed in Japan is one of the biggest obstacles faced by Filipino workers.

According to Ople, this requirement is being met by the Preparatory Japanese-Language Training (PJLT) program, which is a part of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).

Candidates for the PJLT must go through a 6-month rigorous training program on the fundamentals of Japanese language learning.

With the help of this program, a worker can become eligible for the Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) program. To do so, he must either pass the required Japanese language exams as well as the skills exam for the industry he wants to work in, or he must have at least three years of technical intern training and have practical experience in the field.

We’ll investigate these snags and barriers and work to remove them one at a time. In terms of international employment, Japan has proven to be a dependable partner, according to Ople.

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