June 09, 2022

Work site visits, token distribution conducted in celebration of Filipino Migrant Workers Day

In celebration of the 2022 Migrant Workers Day, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Vancouver, led by Labor Attaché Jainal T. Rasul, Jr., conducted inspections of worksites and distributed gift bags to Filipino temporary foreign workers in British Columbia. Labatt Rasul was joined by OWWA Welfare Officer Lilia De Guzman and Administrative Staff Neil Nicolas.

During the two-day inspection, POLO Vancouver was able to visit a total of five (5) companies in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, and Pitt Meadows, in the province of British Columbia. POLO has met with employers to talk about the working and living conditions of Filipino workers and the challenges they encountered in hiring of workers from the Philippines.

POLO Vancouver is set to conduct more site visits and inspections this year in its areas of jurisdiction.

The 8 newly-arrived greenhouse workers of Devry Greenhouses in Chilliwack, BC with Labor Attaché Jainal Rasul, Jr, (6th from left) and Welfare Officer Lilia De Guzman (8th from left) with Ida Devry and Rick Kattenburg of Devry Greenhouses (4th from left and 7th from left)

Some temporary Filipino workers in Hollandia Greenhouses in Pitt Meadows, BC receive tokens from Labatt Jun Rasul and WelOf Lilia De Guzman (3rd from right and 1st from left)

Photos from the site visit in Hollandia Greenhouses in Pitt Meadows, BC. (1st photo: meeting with the company representatives; 2nd photo: POLO with Kim Mcdonalds and Pedro Apolegista of Hollandia; 3rd photo: Labatt Rasul talks with Mr. Apolegista regarding the conditions of the newly-arrived workers in the company; 4th photo: Sonny Ouano, newly-arrived greenhouse worker (May 2022)

Photos from the site visit in Abbotsford, BC (1st photo: Labatt Rasul and WelOf De Guzman talks with Klint Agol (worker) and Doug Kampman (employer); 2nd photo: POLO gives token to Mr. Agol; 3rd photo: Labatt Rasul tries milking cows in the worksite with assistance from Mr. Agol; 4th photo: Mr. Agol shows the process of milking cows in the farm

Site visit in KC's Pumping Services in Abbotsford, BC.

POLO was able to talk to the HR Manager of the company and was able to give the token to Mr. Larry Batones (Heavy Machine Operator)

Photos from the visit in Fraser Valley Specialty Products in Chilliwack, BC.

POLO was able to talk with TFWs in their worksites. Filipinos are scattered in chicken catching and the entire process production of chickens for commercial use

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