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
with First Secretary and Consul Lillibeth V.
Pono, and Federal office of Migration officials
Ms. Boiana Krantcheva and Mr. Mark Engler