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Interview for the 5th batch of Filipino health workers bound for Japan under the Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) has been set on September 12-19, 2012.

This according to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz in a statement, adding the interview will be conducted by the Japan International Corporation for Welfare Services (JICWELS) and representatives of health care facilities and institutions in Japan.

“The POEA had recently issued an advisory on the matter through the print and broadcast media, after the registration for the 5th batch of Filipino applicant nurses and care workers which were held from 1-27 August 2012,” Secretary Baldoz said.

To be interviewed are 400 Filipino health workers, per report from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Hans Leo Cacdac.

Based on Cacdac’s report, JICWELS has requested for the preparation of 180 nurse candidates and 220 careworker candidates for the interview, which number is three-times the number of vacancies announced.

Activities scheduled for the 5th batch of candidates starting this September are the following:

• 12-19 September–Interview by JICWELS and applying institutions
• 17 September to 19 October–1st stage matching of candidates
• 22 October to 30 November–2nd stage matching of candidates
• 3 December 2012–May 2013–Start of six-month Japanese language training in the Philippines
• March 2013-Medical examination for successful candidates
• April 2013–Filing of visa application
• June 2013–POEA pre-departure orientation seminar of candidates; Entry to Japan; Start of six-month Japanese language training in Japan

The fifth batch nurses and careworker candidates who will pass the interview will attend the six-month preparatory Japanese language training to be sponsored by the Japan Foundation, added Cacdac.

“The training will be conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Taguig and the Japan Foundation will provide free accommodation and free meals plus a daily allowance of P436.00 for each participant during the training,” Cacdac said.

Accordingly the Japan National Examination for Nurses is one of the toughest in the world.