15 OFWs rescued in Japan opted to stay & were rehired

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A March 26, 2011 press release by the Department of Labor and Employment
Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that 15 of 16 Filipino welders who were rescued from the tsunami-stricken Ishinomaki in Northeast Japan have opted to remain in Japan and have been immediately re-employed.
The 16 OFWs had been working for Yamanishi Corporation, a shipbuilding company, through the JITCO training program, and was sent to Japan through a sending organization accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
Citing a report of Labor Attache to Tokyo Clifford Paragua, Baldoz said 15 of the 16 OFWs expressed their preference to stay, while one, Melvin Nengasca, opted to return to the Philippines, during a meeting initiated by Labor Attache Paragua and Welfare Officer Luz Talento.
During the meeting, the accepting organization which facilitated their employment in Japan expressed its readiness to deploy the welders to other companies, since Yamanishi Corporation was totally destroyed by the tsunami.
“Labor Attache Paragua reported that eight of the 15 OFWs have already been rehired by Tokai House Co. Ltd. in Kanagawa Prefecture through Setochuo Tech Cooperative, an accepting organization,” Baldoz said.
The labor and employment chief further said that the POLO is now waiting for the submission by the accepting organization of the technical intern contracts to be validated to ensure that these meets the minimum standards for technical interns in Japan.
“The POLO, through Welfare Officer Talento, is also negotiating with the accepting organization to defray the cost of the eight workers’ membership with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, while Labor Attache Paragua is also negotiating with for the hiring and re-employment of the remaining seven workers,” Baldoz explained.
The 16 workers are Canoy, Julieto Mediano; Ibabo, Raffy Galindez; Nengasca, Malvin Gomez; Brutas, Malvin Baltazar; Gonzaga, Manuel Jr. Alao; Quiñones, Carlo Querol; Pasinag, Joser Dadap; Hugo, Manuel Jr. Landiza; Brutas, Michael Baltazar; De Guia, John Mark Famisaran; Jaucian, Jacob Pelaez; Bela Lito Jr. Elicana; Famorcan, Rodney Falla; Gonzaga, Genner Alao; Javier, Christian Sotto; Benalla, Romnick Awa.