Filipino health workers are looking forward to opportunities in Japan
- The opportunity to learn about Japanese healthcare remains attractive to Pinoy health practitioners
- They also look forward to the possibility that they can practice their profession there
Filipino health workers are looking forward to the opportunities they could find in the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan.
In an article written by Ronron Calunsod of Kyodo News, as posted on ABS-CBN News, it was disclosed that while not all Filipino health workers who train in Japan under an intergovernmental program have been successful, the opportunity to learn about Japanese healthcare and the possibility that they can practice their profession there still attract new candidates from the Philippines.
“I believe that if I’ll be able to work in Japan, I will learn even more and grow professionally. The health care system in Japan is very good and the technology in Japan is very high,” Filipino nurse Angelito Custodio, 25, had reportedly said.
Custodio has worked for more than three years at a hospital in Bulacan. Now, he is part of the eighth group of Filipinos currently preparing to go to Japan for training.
His group consists of over 60 nurses and 275 caregivers who began a six-month Japanese language and culture course in Manila late last year. They will continue similar training during their first six months in Japan after their expected deployment in June.
The new candidates will then be assigned to different health facilities in Japan and go through training while preparing to take the Japanese licensure exams for nurses and caregivers. Once they pass the exams, they would have a chance to work in Japan.
“I want to work in Japan because it is one of the safest countries in the world. The people are very well-disciplined and I’m very interested in the Japanese culture. Aside from that, I believe that my service would be of value in Japan,” said Mary Jane Balberona, 29. She is one of the candidate caregivers in the eighth batch.
The two, on the other hand, have acknowledged that one of the major difficulties is learning the Japanese language, which is very different from Filipino and English.