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Caregiver academy to ask Tesda team to assess graduates

04 December 2018

The trainees listen to Alfredo Palmiery, founder of Concorde International Human Resource Corp. descrube polans for their training programs. With him is Steven Chiu, Hong Kong branch manager of Active Global which organized the training,

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Manila employment agency and its partner training academy here are trying to get the Philippines’ Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (Tesda) to come to Hong Kong to assess their caregiver graduates so they can get NCII certificates.

These certificates would place Filipino graduates of a six-month comprehensive training in elderly care better-placed to capture the growing demand for caregivers in Asia, said Alfredo Palmiery, founder of Concorde International Human Resource Corp.

Palmiery was guest speaker at the graduation on Dec 2 of 100 Filipinas who finished the training course offered by his agency’s partner, Active Global Specialised Caregivers (Hong Kong) Pte Ltd.

Steven Chiu, Hong Kong branch manager of Active Global, Labour Attache Jalilo dela Torre, and guest speaker Alfredo Palmiery
The event at the Duke of Windsor Community Hall in Wanchai was also attended by Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre, who was the guest of honor and speaker.

Labatt Dela Torre congratulated the graduates, telling them that enrolling in skills development such as caregiving is better than joining beauty pageants that debase Filipino women and drive them to debt.

He took a shot at a pageant in a nearby pub in Wanchai two Sundays earlier that he described as commoditizing Filipina helpers. That is not the image that Filipinas should project in Hong Kong, he said.

Meanwhile, Palmiery said affluent Asian countries are fuelling demand for caregivers, thus the need for domestic workers to upgrade their skills to fill the need.

“It’s very important that (the graduates) will be able to get their NC II certificates and we are arranging that the Tesda people will come to Hong Kong to conduct the NCII assessment,” said Palmiery.

“It’s not only foretold that our caregivers will be in great demand in Japan, China, Singapore. Countries around Asia all need caregivers because they want their elderly to be taken care of at home, unlike in the US and Europe where old people are sent to homes for the aged.”

Demand for caregivers, especially in Asia, is bound to grow because the elderly population is growing and more and more families need stay-in caregivers, he said.

Steven Chiu, Hong Kong branch manager of Active Global, said an NCII certificate would be the “holy grail” for Filipina caregivers.

He said Active Global started the course in 2015 for nurses from India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines to work as caregivers in Hong Kong.

“This is our ninth batch already, each batch takes about five months to six months, since 2015. We are actually the first to start this course because no other charities or companies are offering comprehensive caregiver training courses on a weekend basis for migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong,” Chiu told The SUN in an interview.

He said Active Global is a nursing employment agency that brings in nurses from the three countries to take care of patients in Hong Kong on domestic worker visa.
He said these workers do not pay agency fee and receive a higher salary than maids.

For domestic helpers in Hong Kong, the company trains them to take care of the elderly. Tuition for the five to six-month, 16-session course is $2,200 payable in two installments.

Chiu said students get a nursing instruction every Sunday, all the materials, uniforms, teaching materials included, as well as the combination of theories and practice and practical lessons where they can learn anywhere from blood pressure taking to taking care of elderly people and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

“We are using foreign domestic helper visa because Hong Kong does not grant a caregiver visa, but if it decides later to give a caregiver visa, that will be great,” he said.


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