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Caregiver looks forward to ASEAN 2015

For the first six months of 2014 there are 371,097 available jobs for Filipinos who wants to work abroad. In a year, the number usually rises to above one million who leaves the country to seek higher-paying jobs.

Theresa C. Trinidad hopes one day to catch one of these job orders for herself. As a single mom of two, she needs to boost her income sources to ensure that her daughters, ages 10 and eight, will have straight schooling until they reach college.

Trinidad is a qualified patient care assistant. At the moment, she is employed as property custodian staff at PWU-CDCEC in Laguna. With her caregiver training, she has a strong fighting chance of landing an overseas job in her location of choice, currently that is in Canada.

The 27-year old admit she did not grow up thinking she’d be a caregiver. She wanted to become a flight attendant in fact she took a course in tourism to accomplish this. The birth of her first child halted her schooling until 2010 when she decided to enroll at the Philippine Women University in Calamba for a two-year caregiver certificate.

“Gusto ko talaga magwork abroad as a caregiver kasi sabi nila malaki nga daw ang sweldo (I really want to work abroad as caregiver because they’re saying the pay is good),” she said.

Trinidad, as it turns out, is not too set on Canada after all, when presented about what ASEAN 2015 integration could bring. She’ll work in any location where she could be safely employed and on a long-term basis.

When the ASEAN single market starts opening more doors as prospective overseas work, she’d likely be the first to grab these new opportunities.

“Kahit saan country naman OK ako basta magiging maayos ang work ko at yung pwede ko makuha yung mga anak ko (Any location/country will do so long as I have a good job and that I could bring my daughters with me),” said Trinidad.

She also brags that her children are artistically talented, they both can sing and dance. She wouldn’t want to miss their artistic progression as they grow up. However her youngest is keen on becoming a medical doctor some day and for this, said Trinidad, she has to prepare for financially.

Trinidad said the ASEAN integration would help Filipinos find suitable jobs, both here and overseas.

She’d be fine working nearer the Philippines, such as in Malaysia or Indonesia if she could bring her family with her. When more foreign companies set up local businesses, particularly in the medical industry, she’d apply at once if it would “give me a chance to enhance my skills and knowledge,” she said.

At such, with the ASEAN Economic Community right at the door, Trinidad said the Philippines could compete in a regional setting. “The Filipinos are fighters and we’re competitive.”