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22/02/2014: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO EYES MORE FILIPINO HEALTH WORKERS

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23 February 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The experience of Trinidad and Tobago with Filipinos has convinced the government of one of the more prosperous countries in the Caribbean to bring in more hospital personnel from the Philippines as part of efforts to improve the delivery of health services to its own people.

No less than President Thomas Aquinas Carmona and other top officials of Trinidad and Tobago spoke highly of Filipinos, particularly the doctors and nurses who have been serving there, during the visit to Port of Spain early this week of Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr., the Philippine Embassy said today.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the Philippines for sharing with Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the world its greatest resource—the Filipino people,” the Embassy quoted President Carmona as telling Ambassador Cuisia after formally accepting him as Manila’s nonresident envoy to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.

“The Philippines has saved millions of lives across the globe by sending doctors, nurses and other health workers to other countries,” President Carmona told Ambassador Cuisia, as he cited his own personal experience with Filipino hospital personnel in Trinidad and Tobago.

Ambassador Cuisia said President Carmona attested not only to the dedication and hard work but also the genuine kindness and loving care provided by Filipino doctors and nurses who attended to him and members of his family on a number of occasions.

Ambassador Cuisia said Foreign Minister Winston Dookeran, Health Minister Fuad Khan and Labor Minister Errol Mcleod shared President Carmona’s sentiments and cited the important contribution to Trinidad and Tobago society of the members of the Filipino Community, particularly the health workers, many of who have made the country their second home.

With the current government placing health as its No. 1 priority, Health Minister Khan told Ambassador Cuisia that the Ministry of Health has been authorized to hire more workers and that they are looking at the Philippines to fill their requirements. He said they prefer Filipinos not only because of their English language skills but also because of their positive experience with the initial batch of doctors, nurses and pharmacists that were brought into the country.

Minister Khan said Trinidad and Tobago has an urgent need for Filipinos in the ancillary services such as radiologists, ultrasound and other technicians, medical technologists and pharmacists and possibly some more nurses and doctors.

In his meetings with President Carmona and the other officials, Ambassador Cuisia also conveyed Manila’s desire to further strengthen relations with Trinidad and Tobago through technical and economic exchanges.

He also expressed the Philippine Government’s gratitude for the $100,000 that Trinidad and Tobago donated through the UN to support rehabilitation efforts in areas that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

The Philippines and Trinidad and Tobago established diplomatic relations in 2000. The country is under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and is represented in Port of Spain by Honorary Consul General Dr. Marie Francisca Magno-Advani.

According to Dr. Advani, there are close to 1,000 Filipino workers and long-time residents as well as former citizens in Trinidad and Tobago. Most of them work as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, engineers and hotel employees.

Trinidad and Tobago is the leading producer of oil and gas among the members of the Caribbean Community. It has earned a reputation as an excellent investment site for international businesses and has one of the highest growth rates and per capita income in Latin America. ###

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23 February 2014


Presentation of Credentials.
Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona receives the credentials of Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr.  as non-resident envoy of the Philippines during ceremonies at his office in Port of Spain. (Philippine Embassy Photo by Elmer G. Cato)

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Presentation of Credentials. Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona expresses his appreciation for the gift from Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. shortly after he accepted him as non-resident envoy of the Philippines to Port of Spain. (Philippine Embassy Photo by Elmer G. Cato)

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23 February 2014

Credentials. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr., Manila's nonresident envoy to Port of Spain, presents a copy of his credentials to Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Minister Winston Dookeran. (Philippine Embassy Photo by Elmer G. Cato)

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23 February 2014


Filipino Workers. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr., Manila's nonresident envoy to Port of Spain, expresses his appreciation to Trinidad and Tobago Labor Minister Errol Mcleod for his country's treatment of Filipino workers. (Philippine Embassy Photo by Elmer G. Cato).

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23 February 2014

Presentation of Credentials. Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona poses with Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. and his wife, Maria Victoria, shortly after he accepted him non-resident envoy of the Philippines to Port of Spain. (Philippine Embassy Photo by Elmer G. Cato)

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23 February 2014

Presentation of Credentials. Members of the Mounted Branch of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service escort the vehicle carrying Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. shortly after he presented his credentials to President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona as non-resident envoy of the Philippines to Port of Spain. (Philippine Embassy Photo by Elmer G. Cato)

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23 February 2014

Filipino Health Workers. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr., Manila's nonresident envoy to Port of Spain, listens as Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Dr. Fuad Khan informs him of his country's need for more Filipino health workers. (Philippine Embassy Photo by Elmer G. Cato)