- Filipinos are moving to Canada to work as mushroom pickers
- The OFWs hope they can become immigrants and bring their family to Canada
- The top mushroom pickers can earn up to P150,000 a month
A lucrative industry in Canada prefers to hire Filipinos, opening jobs and greener pastures for overseas workers.
KAMI learned about this from ABS-CBN News.
According to the report, harvesting mushrooms is a $900-million industry in Canada.
The mushroom pickers can earn around P100,000 up to P150,000 a month. They also get free board and lodging in the staff house. They are also given transportation services and a monthly allowance.
ABS-CBN News interviewed Lily Miranda Hammer, the president of A & L Hammers Workforce, who said Filipinos are preferred in Canada because of their command of the English language.
"Filipinos are good in English that's why they are easily deployable. To be honest, they don't have to become highly-educated or college graduates to get hired. They just have to be hardworking," said Hammer.
Workers who want to become mushroom pickers must undergo a 3-month seminar and training. The expenses for the training is shouldered by the Canadian government.
Successful applicants will be flown to Canada and work for 2 years as mushroom pickers.
According to Hammer, there are also openings for butchers and oyster farm workers.
ABS-CBN News also talked to some mushroom pickers in the village of Sharon in Ontario, Canada.
Suzette Alcaro, a former domestic worker, is now a mushroom picker. She's applying to become an immigrant and when she's approved, she plans to bring her husband to Canada.
"If the government approves my application to become an immigrant, I will take it so I can bring my husband here. If you think about it, this is for my family," said Alcaro.
She is one of the top mushroom pickers in the village so she earns P150,000 a month.
The Department of Labor and Employment and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency always remind applicants to check any recruitment agencies if they are accredited by the Philippine government before engaging in any transaction.
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