Daily Star logoTop Stories
Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, March 8, 2013
Front Page
Negros Oriental
Star Business
Opinion
Sports
Police Beat
Star Life
People & Events
Eguide
Events
Schedules
Obituaries
Congratulations
Classified Ads
Negros  workers thank governor
for job opportunities in Australia

BY CARLA GOMEZ

The “economic diplomacy” between Negros Occidental and Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia, is beginning to bear fruit, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.

Honorary Consul John Rivas of the Philippine Consulate in the Northern Territory had led a diplomatic mission to Negros Occidental that met with Marañon last year to discuss employment opportunities for Negrenses in Australia.

As a result of this, Marañon said skilled workers from Negros Occidental, assisted by the provincial government’s Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center to ensure that they pass the International English Language Testing System requirement, are headed for Darwin this weekend.

The five who are headed for Darwin are Calvin Chavez of Murcia, Ricardo Cubian of Bago City, Stanley Michael Saturnino of Hinigaran, Fulton Jiles Garrucho of Hinobaan and Sabino Habaradas of Talisay City, who met with the governor yesterday to thank him for helping them land jobs in Darwin.

They will work as glaciers who install glass and aluminum windows, panels and doors, and will be paid 51,457 Australian dollars a year, or a little over P2 million, the governor said.

They did not have to pay any placement fees since they were directly hired by their employers, Saturnino, 43 and a father of two, said.

And, after a year, if their employers are happy with their work, they will sponsor them in bringing their families to Darwin, he added.

Their contracts are renewable, with the option of staying in Darwin permanently, the governor said.

Garrucho, 35, said they are thankful to the provincial government’s NOLITIC for providing them with the training to pass the IELTS, which is a requirement for landing a job in Darwin.

Cubian, 35, who has two children; Chavez, 39, who has three; and Habaradas, 43, who also has three, said they are very happy and thankful to the provincial government for giving them the opportunity to go to Darwin as that will be a big help to their families.

Saturnino said it is Consul Rivas who looks for the employers in Darwin and Marañon who searches for skilled workers to send there.

One skilled worker left for Darwin two weeks ago, and a third batch is also set to leave soon, also through the help of NOLITC, its head, Tina Orbecido, said.*CPG

back to top

Front Page | Opinion | Negros Oriental | Business | Sports
Star Life | People & Events| Archives | Advertise
Top Stories
ButtonP3B power plant construction set
Button47 in wedding group injured
ButtonRaps for demolition vs. mayor dismissed
Button3 solons ink peace covenant
ButtonSheep overprice claim black propaganda: guv
ButtonMore police chiefs named
ButtonPNP: Gang planning kidnap of 3 bizmen
Button24 BEI members face poll complaint
ButtonNegros  workers thank governor for job opportunities in Australia
ButtonBacoleño denies link to hold-up