The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto officials, led by Philippine Consul General to Toronto Orontes Castro and Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Toronto Labor Officer Rachel Zozobrado-Nagayo, participated in a video conference via Zoom with Founding Chairman of the Integrated Filipino Canadian Nurses Association (IFCNA) Austine Gaqui and Office of the Mayor of Pickering Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Manager Mark Guinto to discuss issues regarding the accreditation of internationally-educated nursing graduates of Filipino ethnic origin in Ontario, Canada on 22 July 2020. The video conference was hosted by the Consulate General.
Consul General Castro expressed his gratitude to the participants for their efforts to assist Filipino and Filipino-Canadian nursing graduates become accredited nurses in Ontario.
Their accreditation as nurses would not only help address the current demand for health workers in Ontario to address the prevailing public health crisis, but also contribute tremendously to improving the living conditions of nursing graduates and their families.
Labor Officer Zozobrado-Nagayo informed the meeting that POLO-Toronto is prepared to provide free language training to the nursing graduates as part of their assistance. The virtual meeting also discussed other issues related to the accreditation process of the nursing graduates.