A Japanese business delegation informed Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson Jr. yesterday that they will be expanding their recruitment of construction workers from Negros Occidental for Japan.
The Japanese delegation, accompanied by Tricastle International Inc. president Leah Tinsay, met with the governor at the Capitol in Bacolod City to discuss the expansion of their recruitment, which was previously concentrated in Murcia town, to the entire province.
Tinsay said that for the last 20 years they have been annually sending more than 400 construction workers aged 23 to 35 for three-year on the job internship training in Japan, with the opportunity for an extended work stay.
Before their departure for Japan the workers undergo language and skills training.
The construction workers have been going to Japan on technical intern visas but with the changing labor acceptance system in Japan, they are expected to be granted labor visas, she said.
The recruits do not have to pay any fees, all they need to produce are their passports and support documents, she said.
“We are expanding our recruitment of construction workers throughout Negros Occidental,” assured Niitsuma Naohiro, president of Niitsuma Corp. and chairman of the Reform Bars Association of Japan.
Japan will be accepting many regular skilled construction workers now, Koyama Toshiki, Multi Contractors Cooperative director, said.
Tinsay informed Lacson that Negros Occidental is being eyed as a testing site for all construction workers from the Philippines to be sent to Japan.
She said that with changes in the foreign labor system of Japan, the Japan Ministry of Construction will standardize construction qualification skills, and Negros is a candidate site for qualifying tests.
The Japanese group is in Negros to ensure thatit is capable of being a testing site for Japan bound construction workers, she said.
Lacson asked that hiring of such workers be focused in Negros Occidental to ensure jobs for Negrenses.
Tinsay assured the governor that the construction workers sent to Japan become highly skilled so that on their return to the Philippines they become supervisors at construction sites, or find jobs in other countries.
They asked to meet with the governor to seek his support in their campaign to hire more Negrenses, and in encouraging more young Negrenses to learn Japanese so they can work in Japan, she said.
Lacson said he was happy that the group will be expanding its hiring provincewide, and the provincial government will help wherever it can as it will provide better opportunities for Negrenses.
He suggested that students fresh out of high school be considered for such jobs and added that the provincial government can help in the recruitment process.
Lacson pointed out that the provincial government has been sending senior high students to Japan for training in caregiving and mechanical skills.
Other members of the Japanese delegation who met with the governor were IK president Iju Cho Ichi, Sachi Kogyo president Sasaki Tamohisa, Miyamoto Tekkin president Miyamoto Masashi and Sakami Shun, Multi-Contractors Cooperative managing director.*
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