Philippine Embassy Expands Care Team For Pinoy Caregivers In Canada

April 16, 2015 News

Help Support Advice Assistance and Guidance on a signpostAvailable loans, tips on how to avoid getting victimized by financial scams, legal and psychological assistance were just some of the things offered to Filipino caregivers working in Canada during a special forum last April 11.

The forum was dubbed “Juana Know?” and was presented by the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

During the forum, the Ottawa Community Loan Fund presented options for professional development or small businesses, while Philippine Consul General Eric Gerardo E. Tamayo introduced caregivers to the reintegration program by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Newcomers to Ottawa were advised on legal assistance for immigration cases and other situations by the Catholic Center for Immigrants, which also offered counseling for settlement, community connections, and career transitions.

Meanwhile, Canadian professional Lucia Harper spoke on self-empowerment for a better quality of life, following stressful or traumatic situations. She also cautioned caregivers on the risks of multi-tasking and advised them to include in their support systems contact details of professional practitioners such as doctors, dentists and counsellors who are licensed to dispense medical and stress relief.

Dr. Omega Garibay, wife of Deputy Chief of Mission Uriel Norman R. Garibay, also espoused the need for caregivers to have emotional strength to cope with work-related stress.

Consul Porfirio M. Mayo, Jr. also gave caregivers pointers on the consular services offered by the embassy to those with immigration issues.

Source: Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News