THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental through its Study Now, Pay Later program will provide free Japanese language and culture training for 25 health and skilled workers in the province as a requirement for employment in Japan.
The Provincial Board on Wednesday has approved the inclusion of skilled workers in the P1.7-million fund intended for the said training.
Initially, only health workers were covered by the fund, which was approved under the previous supplemental budget request.
Karen Dinsay, head of the Negros Occidental Scholarships Division (NOSD), yesterday said the province will provide 25 slots, comprised of 21 health workers and four skilled workers like those into construction, for the Japanese language and culture training.
Dinsay said the province has allocated P60,000 for each recipient as payment for the three-month training totaling to P1.5 million, on top of about P125,000 total financial assistance during their proficiency examination in Cebu City.
Under the program, the province will shoulder the training and other fees, which will be paid back by the recipients upon working in Japan.
“This is aligned with the thrust of the governor to provide employment to Negrenses,” Dinsay said, adding that providing workers to Japan shows the existing strong relationship between the province and the Japanese government.
It is also an indication of how competent Negrenses are in terms of skills, knowledge, and values, she added.
The screening for interested applicants ages 22 to 29 years old is scheduled on July 26 at the Organization for Industrial Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (Oisca) in Barangay Tabunan, Bacolod City.
Identified health and skilled worker-recipients will then start undergoing live-in training on Japanese language and culture in September.
After which, the provincial government in partnership with Oisca will send them to Japan for further training.
“They will go to Japan as trainees, but part of the agreement is that they will undergo training in the morning and will work as caregivers, construction workers, or domestic helpers in the afternoon,” Dinsay said.