Philippine Overseas Labor Office officer in charge Julia Fabian is urging all interested Filipino workers to sign up for their free training program for the third quarter of 2012, noting that these courses will be among the last ones that the Philippine Consulate General and POLO will offer before its closure after Oct. 31.
The training courses are Basic Fruit Carving, Basic Computer Operations II, Basic Mandarin II, and Advanced Nihongo.
Fabian disclosed that as of yesterday, 47 individuals have already signed up for BCO II, which will be taught by Jousel Regilme every Saturday from 8:30am to 12:30pm from July 7 to 28.
For the Basic Fruit Carving course, 14 Filipino workers have already registered and will be trained by instructor Eduardo “Edong” Elenzano for four Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm from July 7 to 28.
Both language courses, which are scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 1, only have a small number of enrollees, according to Fabian.
“We encourage Filipino workers on island to avail of these training courses to acquire or improve skills that they can use to better themselves personally and professionally,” Fabian told Saipan Tribune.
Fabian pointed out, though, that they expect to have an influx of interested individuals signing up for the training in the days closer to its starting dates.
Given the Consulate's impending closure, Fabian said they are trying to squeeze in their activities within the amount of time they have left.
Fabian said that training courses will be conducted until August, followed by the last health screening in September.
“After the September health screening, we would be pressed for time trying to accomplish our inventory work as well as report writing,” said Fabian, who will return to the Philippines with staff Antonette Ocon after Oct. 31.
Fabian said they are still finalizing their plan to turn over the training courses to a Filipino organization on island.