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Filipinos make a difference in Switzerland

The Philippine Embassy in Berne reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that it continues to intensify contact with all Filipino communities in Switzerland and is working with government authorities regarding the possible entry of Filipino professional and technical trainees to the country.

Ambassador Leslie Baja recently met Mario Gattiker, the new Director of the Federal Office of Migration to discuss the intensification of the entry into Switzerland of Filipino professional and technical trainees under the bilateral agreement on this field.  Filipinos and Swiss can work in each other’s country for a maximum of 18 months and receive training in the field that they choose.  In Switzerland, the Embassy is looking at the possibility of Filipino nurses entering as trainees as Filipino healthcare workers who arrived in the 70s are very well regarded in the country.

Baja also met with officials of APM Technica, a company doing adhesives in a PEZA zone in the Philippines and which regularly brings Filipino trainees to work in its company for 18 months in Switzerland.  He thanked the APM officials for this undertaking which not only helps improve the economic relations between the Philippines and Switzerland but also in the promotion of the bilateral trainee agreement .

He also met with about two dozen Filipino au pairs in Switzerland, most of whom graduated as nurses in the Philippines.  The au pairs stay for a maximum of one year and handle light household chores and child care.  More than a hundred au pairs have been deployed in Switzerland since the ban was lifted in 2010.

As part of its outreach to Filipinos in Switzerland, Baja and the Embassy staff joined the Sto Nino Fiesta in St Gallen and met with Filipino nuns in Breganzona.

Ambassador Leslie J. Baja (far right) and Federal Office of Migration Director Mario Gattiker (2nd from left,)

with First Secretary and Consul Lillibeth V. Pono, and Federal office of Migration officials

Ms. Boiana Krantcheva and Mr. Mark Engler


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