Czech-based firm to hire 'Yolanda' survivors

Posted at 02/26/14 8:07 AM

MANILA – Fifty-five Filipino workers from Yolanda-hit areas in central Philippines will be hired to work in a company based in Prague, Czech Republic in May.

"This is a welcome development in Philippine-Czech people to people relations and shows that Filipino workers are world-class," said Ambassador Victoriano Lecaros.

The company, Teleplan, provides a comprehensive range of services that support the lifecycle care of electronic devices and products following the point of sale.

The Prague branch is one of Teleplan's 22 centers of excellence around the globe. Teleplan-Prague workforce includes 530 workers, with 52% with Czech nationality, 32% of Slovak nationality, and 10% with Filipino nationality.

"When looking for suitable employees, we decided to turn toward the Philippines for their skills and mainly due to last year's disaster, when many families and friends of our employees found themselves without money and roofs over their heads. By providing them with employment, we want to give them the opportunity to get back on their feet and improve their living conditions, "said Petr Pesek, Human Resources Manager of Teleplan-Prague.

Pesek added that Filipinos who get hired gets free accommodation, transportation to the work place, contribution to the Prague public transport, return ticket to the Philippines every 18 months and full support in dealing with work and residence permits.

A survey conducted by Teleplan among its employees showed that the main reason why Filipino workers accept employment in the Czech Republic is the opportunity to financially support their families back home.

Most workers come with the intention to stay for five years. This is the case of the 31-year old Filipino, Marlon Jore, one of the 55 Filipino workers of Teleplan, who works for the company for the past five years.

"I am very satisfied with my work in Teleplan. Czechs are friendly and I made many friends here. Although I miss my family a lot, I have the opportunity every two years to visit them," he said.

Pesek with Jakub Marcin?in of Teleplan Company is currently in Manila to meet with officials from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Czech Embassy officials, and Edi-Staffbuilders to finalize plans in recruiting 55 Filipino workers.

"We find that Teleplan Company takes care of the welfare of OFWs in Prague including their spiritual needs. For example, Teleplan, apart from its donation to its employees whose families were affected by Typhoon Yolanda in November last year, also sponsored a Holy Mass at the Infant Jesus of Prague for the victims of super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)," Consul Juan Dayang said.