Brits prefer Filipinos to man nursing homes

FOR Filipinos wishing to work abroad, especially those in the medical field, not everything is bleak. 

Jocelyn Lantron, executive director of Global Placement Provider Ltd., said Britons prefer Filipinos to work in their nursing homes because they are caring, neat, hard working and adapt well to the Western setting because of their capability to speak English. 

Between this month and April, her agency will send about 50 volunteer nursing home workers to the United Kingdom. 

As volunteers, they will be entitled to free board and lodging but would not receive a salary. They are free to look for part-time jobs and will also receive a weekly allowance of 70 pounds. 

Depending on their performance, volunteers will have the chance to get hired by the institution and secure a working visa. Others may also get the chance to find employers and get hired as they establish connections. 

Global is a registered agency in UK and holds office in Singapore, Spain, Hong Kong and the Philippines (Manila and Bacolod). 

Lantron said most volunteers are nursing graduates while others have training in care giving. Some are graduates of other courses. 

She said her office will need more volunteers next year. 

Qualified applicants are preferably graduates of any medical course but any four-year course will do, speaks English, of legal age and above. A placement fee will be collected at a rate lower than other agencies. More information on this agency can be found at 

With the global economy tumbling at a steady pace, this development will surely revive the hopes of many Filipinos who desire to work abroad amid gloomy financial prospects. 

Retrenched OFWs have already reached thousands but those leaving the country are also similar in number, mostly bound for Arabian countries such as Qatar and Saudi.