RP, Switzerland to sign guidelines on the exchange of professional and technical trainees

Date Posted: November 14th, 2014 08:45 AM


RP, Switzerland to sign guidelines on the exchange of professional and technical trainees

Filipinos who wish to become trainees in Switzerland will soon be able to go to Switzerland and train soon after the Philippines and Switzerland signs tomorrow the Guidelines on the Documentation and the Deployment of Filipino Trainees (Young Professionals/Stagiares) from the Philippines under the Philippine-Swiss Agreement on the Exchange of Professional and Technical Trainees.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said this yesterday at the eve of the signing ceremony for the guidelines which as was deferred last month.

“The signing of the guidelines will certainly boost the chances of Filipino workers of experiencing the Swiss language and culture and gainfully learning the experience of Switzerland, including their famed work discipline. I am grateful that the Philippine and Swiss governments have finalized the guidelines after 12 long years that the Philippine-Swiss Agreement has been in effect,” said Baldoz.

Swiss Ambassador to the Philippines Ivo Sieber is expected to sign the guidelines together with Secretary Baldoz who will sign for the Philippines in a ceremony to be held at the DOLE Conference Room in Intramuros, Manila.

Ambassador Sieber will be accompanied by a Swiss delegation composed of Hans-Peter Fitze, First Secretary and Consul, Head of Chancery, Hans-Peter Bieni, Atache, Head of Visa Section, and Dian Pearl Chan, Senior Embassy Projects Officer and Assistant to the Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland.

On the part of the Philippines, Baldoz will be joined by Ambassador Leslie Baja of the Philippine Embassy in Berne; DOLE Undersecretaries Rebecca Chato, Ciriaco Lagunzad III, Reydeluz Conferido; Professional Regulation Commission Chairperson Angeline Chua Chiaco; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Deputy Director General Irene M. Isaac;

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac; Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Administrator Rebecca Calzado; POEA Deputy Administrator Liberty Casco; POEA Directors Nini Lanto and Jocelyn Rey; DFA Office of European Affairs Director Lenna De Dios-Sison; DOLE National Capital Region Regional Director Alex Avila; Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique R. Tutay, and International Labor Affairs Bureau Saul De Vries.

The Philippine-Swiss Trainee Agreement on the Exchange of Professional and Technical Trainees was signed in Manila on 9 July 2002 between then Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas and Swiss Federal Council Minister Ruth Metzler. It entered into force on 10 June 2003.

The agreement allowed the deployment of trainees from the Philippines to Switzerland or from Switzerland to the Philippines, respectively, for a period of 18 months of stay to acquire professional and linguistic skills.

Switzerland has concluded similar agreements with 30 other countries, including the Philippines, and such agreements have established procedures administered by the Swiss’s Foreign Office for Migration (FOM).

Baldoz observed that since the last three years with her as DOLE Secretary, efforts have been made by both countries to operationalize the agreement.

“In December 2010, the Philippine-Swiss Joint Working Group was formed in Berne, Switzerland, to review and firm up the agreement’s guidelines; draw up terms of reference of the joint working group; and look into ways to actively promote the two-way exchange of trainees from various professions, including nursing and healthcare,” said Baldoz.

“The JWG held quarterly meetings, including the one hosted by the Philipines on 24-26 August 2011, to continue exchanging notes on the implementing guidelines. Now, that we are about to sign the guidelines, I am very hopeful and optimistic about the prospects of the agreement mutually benefiting the two countries,” Baldoz added.


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