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    Caregiving: Filipinos'

    Caregiving: Filipinos'
    ticket to overseas jobs
    Posted: 6:29 PM (Manila Time) | Nov. 01, 2003
    By Vangie Baga-Reyes
    Inquirer News Service

    Way to a better life

    WHAT kind of job allows a person to earn the equivalent of 30,000 pesos to 65,000 pesos a month and have a chance to become a permanent resident in his/her host country? If you don't know it yet, caregiving has become the ticket to a better life for many Filipinos given the current demand in Canada, Europe, United States and Japan.

    Caregiver refers to someone who is paid to care for the sick, the very young and the elderly either in a private home or an institution like hospices and hospitals. Unlike health professionals, such as doctors and nurses, who train for several years, caregivers get accredited and become eligible to apply for overseas jobs after short-term courses from six months to a year.

    A caregiver's specific duties may include bathing and dressing of infants or frail elder people; preparing hot and cold meals; cleaning bedrooms, toilets and bathrooms; and feeding infants and toddlers.

    In recent years, Canada became a favorite destination for Filipinos after the country implemented its Live-in Caregiver Program. Many of these overseas contract workers are now reportedly living comfortably and have a chance to become immigrants after two years and bring their families to Canada.

    These reports have inspired many to take up caregiving, raising the demand for training courses. "When caregivers became popular in 1999, training centers also multiplied. Even universities and colleges now offer caregiver training," says Rosie Oliveros, a specialist at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

    Of the more than 300 Tesda-registered caregiver training institutions nationwide, some 80 percent are in the National Capital Region. Quezon City has the biggest number with 57. Pasay-Makati has 27; Manila, 48; Muntinlupa-Parañaque-Las Piñas-Taguig, 45; Pasig-Mandaluyong-Marikina-San Juan, 21; and Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela, 12.

    But Oliveros says fly-by-night centers are causing problems and posing unfair competition to legitimate ones. Trainees who enroll in the unregistered centers will lack the proper training and knowledge employers require. To protect people from unscrupulous groups, Tesda is closely monitoring training centers.

    TESDA requires all training centers to have the necessary tools. A course on caring for the elderly, for instance, requires human dummies, hospital beds, wheelchair and crutches.

    Caregiving hopefuls would be protecting themselves by checking if a training center is registered with Tesda, the government agency that accredits skills training programs. The office checks the curriculum, facilities, trainers and tools and equipment to make sure instruction is up to standards.

    For one, Oliveros says, the Canadian Embassy wants training institutions for caregivers to be Tesda-accredited. The agency ensures training centers comply with requirements set by the embassy before they are given the license to operate.

    A training center, for instance, has to have a minimum of 30 sq m of space for every classroom, and about 60 sq m for home-setting management that includes kitchen, living room and bedroom. Some tools are also necessary like, in home management, washing machine, refrigerator, microwave oven, gas range, etc.

    Training centers must also have the machines for the care of the elderly, such as hospital beds, wheelchair and two-legged crutches.

    "We also look at the capabilities of the trainers. You can't just teach in the centers even if you are a nurse or a doctor," Oliveros says. Trainers have to attend the 40-hour trainers' training methodology course in Tesda. The agency also monitors enrollment and attendance of students but does not interfere in the setting of tuition, which range from 14,000 pesos to 26,000 pesos for seven months.

    "We do not control tuition," says Oliveros. "Some training centers add extra lessons... like swimming, driving or dancing."

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    Interesting article.

    I haven't noticed an influx of filipinos, at least here, in CO.

    The article didn't mention where in the U.S.?

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