LINGAYEN—Pangasinan farmers may soon have the opportunity to go to Japan as overseas Filipino workers and to learn modern farming technologies that can be adopted in their own fields here.
A member of the governing board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Alexander Edades Asuncion, visited the province last week and called on Governor Amado Espino Jr. to discuss the establishment of a training center in San Quintin for farmers.
The training center will be a joint venture with the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Asuncion said Japanese employers are now in the Philippines to recruit farmers not younger than 30 years old for employment in their farms.
To address the language barrier, prospective applicants must first undergo lessons in Nihongo for a P15,000 fee, refundable when the applicant is set to go to Japan.
The qualified applicant will first get free training on how to operate modern farming equipment used in Japan.
Asuncion said the contract per farmer is from eight moths to three years and not renewable to ensure that they will return home and apply the farming techniques they have learned to the Philippines.
“This is one way of transferring modern Japanese farming technology to the Philippines as the Filipino farmer who comes from Japan can use the technology in the country,” Asuncion said.
Asuncion, who is from San Quintin, said Pangasinan can readily supply the manpower requirements.