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POEA Auditorium

7 May 2010, 3:00 p.m.



Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)


Distinguished Guests,


Ladies and gentlemen:


It is a great pleasure for me to be here today for the Send-Off Ceremony of the 2 nd Batch of Candidate Nurses and Caregivers to Japan.


First of all, allow me to say to all of you, “Congratulations!” This event marks the second year of the deployment of candidate nurses and caregivers to Japan under the JPEPA Movement of Natural Persons. This scheme is testimony to the deepening relations between our two countries. This scheme will be instrumental in changing not just the lives of Filipino candidates but the cooperative landscape of our two nations as well. I hope this collaborative undertaking will continue to strengthen the bilateral ties between Japan and the Philippines.


To all our candidate nurses and caregivers who will be leaving for Japan this coming Sunday, in a way, you will be starting new lives in a new country. You will be working in an entirely different environment and interacting with people with a different culture and language. But d o not let the unfamiliar faze you. Let it be your motivation to develop your skills and further improve yourselves in your respective fields.


There will be challenges that you will face but the key is in staying focused on the objectives you have set for yourself. You might encounter problems along the way , but I am quite confident that with a positive attitude and an optimistic outlook, you will overcome the difficulties in the end.


I would like to extend my congratulations to Ms. Ever G. Lalin of the first batch for passing the Japanese Nursing Licensure Examination. She had arrived in Japan a mere ten months before she took the examination. To accomplish such a feat must have been a result of the great efforts of herself as well as the cooperation extended by the people surrounding her. I hope Ms. Lalin's achievement will inspire all of you to strive for your own success. I know many of you might think that learning Japanese is very difficult. Actually, it is, indeed, but by dedicating yourselves to your studies and remaining steadfast to your goals, I hope you will pass the examination just as Ms. Lalin did.


Learning Japanese is a skill you would need to acquire and develop in order for you to fulfill your duties in Japan. You will need it not only in your professional life but in your personal life as well. Good communication skills will help you cope much better with life in Japan. And do remember that the hospitals and caregiving facilities in Japan will also make efforts for the smooth facilitation and implementation of the program.


In closing, I wish all the candidate nurses and caregivers a safe and good trip to Japan. May you be filled with inspiration, succeed in your endeavors and be an inspiration to future batches of Filipino candidates.


Thank you very much for your attention. Mabuhay.