Filipino working holiday scheme in New Zealand in the works

November 25, 2010 11:51 am 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Nov. 25 — Younger Filipino holidaymakers would have a shot at short-term jobs in New Zealand if a proposal for what is known as a 'working holiday scheme' will be hammered out between Wellington and Manila, it was learned.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo said consultations on the proposal are going on among the concerned government agencies of both countries.

The possibility was brought up during Romulo’s bilateral meeting with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully at the sidelines of the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Meeting in Japan.

In that meeting, Romulo noted that “the scheme carries a lot of promise in giving participants the experience of working in New Zealand.”

The scheme is adapted by New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Germany, France and most of the Commonwealth countries in agreement with other Commonwealth-states and such countries as Japan, wherein their nationals could work short-term for up to six months while on holiday visas.

Working holiday schemes are popular with college-level students who stay for between three to six months to earn tuition money.

Work opportunities are aplenty, particularly since the country is hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2011, it was reported.

Holidaymakers could consider jobs in agriculture, horticulture and viticulture (grape-growing).

According to DFA, Minister McCully also sought cooperative undertakings with the Philippines in the area of renewable energy including geothermal energy. Romulo welcomed the possibility of a collaboration.

Romulo told McCully that the Philippines, as one of the leading geothermal energy producers in the world, could provide assistance and support through sharing of best practices, capacity-building programs and provision of technical experts in geothermal energy development.

Romulo also met with his counterpart from Mexico, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, and talked about the Climate Change Conference (COP-16) to be hosted by Mexico on November 29 to December 10.

DFA said Espinosa sought Philippine support in obtaining a significant outcome from COP-16. (PNA)

LDV/GJB

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