Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI
Quebec could be the third Canadian province to welcome skilled Filipino workers after it expressed interest to sign labor agreements with the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest earlier told Philippine embassy officials that a partnership with Manila would facilitate the recruitment of more Filipino workers which would address the labor market gaps in his province.
Quebec is "very interested in labor agreements" with the Philippines, which would increase recruitment of skilled, semiskilled and unskilled Filipino workers to Quebec under its Provincial Nominee Program, Philippine Ambassador to Canada Jose S. Brillantes reported to the DFA, quoting the Canadian Premier.
During his three-day official visit to Quebec City, capital of the province of Quebec, last week, Brillantes met Charest at the latter's office to extend the Philippine government's gratitude for Quebec's unwavering support to the Filipino workers and to discuss possible areas of cooperation.
"Quebec wishes to build a strong reputation as a place where those who choose to live and work in Quebec are treated as its own citizens," Charest was quoted as saying.
The Canadian Premier also praised Filipino immigrants for being "efficient, hardworking, ambitious, and determined to improve their lives," pointing to his versatile Filipino woman employee as an example.
Among the issues discussed during the meeting between Brillantes and Charest were the sistercity agreement between …