Are Filipino medical technologists ready for overseas employment?

The Hawaii government is interested in hiring these healthcare professionals and has taken the first step – asking the Philippine government to help verify the quality of training undergone by medtechs.

Governor David Ige unveiled his government’s plans at the start of the Hawaii Trade Mission organized by the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu.

He further said a “future area of cooperation” is the licensing of Filipino medical transcriptionists who are willing to work abroad.

Meanwhile, they are working on recognizing Filipino medical technologists, he was quoted as saying.

“From the Philippines, many have been a critical part in our ability to build our quality health services in Hawaii.”

He said that they are now working with the local government to “verify the quality of training that occurs here on the Philippines.”

Medical technologists are healthcare professionals that perform and analyze results of complex scientific tests on blood and bodily fluids. They are often employed in hospitals and independent laboratories, usually working with physicians and laboratory directors.

Governor Ige expressed shortages in several of their skilled areas, and Filipinos are favoured to work abroad.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), there are 369,000 Filipino and FIlipino-Americans living in Hawaii - making the largest ethnic group in the state, comprising about 26 percent of the entire state’s population.

The governor noted that they have not implemented strict immigration policies.

The Hawaii delegation is set to meet with executive officials and local government unit (LGU) officers.

The Philippine visit, which was a first for the Hawaii Government in 11 years, aims to further improve relations between the two.

“We are here to build person-to-person relationship with people here in the Philippines and people in Hawaii. We are looking forward to build a stronger relationship in many different ways, especially with all the different meetings set up in all provinces that we are going to visit,” FCCI President Brandon Dela Cruz said. MIMS

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