THE deployment for Filipino caregivers in Japan was delayed despite the demand following the extension of COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and seven other prefectures until June 20.
“As of now, they still would like to have Filipinos as caregivers or homemakers for their aging population, pero dahil itong ngang pandemya ay hindi pinapayagang magbiyahe,” said Philippine Ambassador in Tokyo Jose Laurel V during Thursday’s Laging Handa briefing.
Foreign nationals in 158 countries and the Philippines are not yet allowed to enter Japan, except for those in the diplomatic service or unless special permission has been granted.
Laurel said the Covid-19 state of emergency had been placed in Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Aichi, Kyoto, Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Okinawa as the country continues to record a slow pace of decline in infections.
He said the number of Filipinos infected by the coronavirus is relatively low, most of whom have already recuperated.
“Wala namang malaking datos ang nagkasakit na Filipino sa Japan, sa katotohanan karamihan ay mga seamen na nasa Diamond Princess Cruise at sa Costa Atlantica,”he said.