Filipino au pairs in Bergen with Third Secretary Cabahug, Ms. Devold of the UDI, and Mr. Navarro of the Caritas Au Pair Center in Bergen
09 November 2019, Bergen – In continuing the Philippine Embassy’s programs on gender and development, Post conducted the 1st Post-Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS) for Filipino au pairs in Bergen, Norway. The PAOS for au pairs has been a yearly activity of the Embassy to reach out to Filipino au pairs in Norway, which has been an important venue for Filipino au pairs to raise their questions and concerns about Norway’s au pair scheme, and at the same time share their experiences under the cultural exchange program.
As in previous years, the PAOS for au pairs was organized by the Embassy in coordination with the Caritas Au Pair Center. For this year’s PAOS for Filipino au pairs, the resource persons were Ms. Tatjana Devold, Adviser at the Norwegian Immigration Directorate (UDI), Mr. Erwin Navarro, Integration Adviser of the Caritas Au Pair Center in Bergen, and Third Secretary and Vice Consul Christiansen Cabahug of the Philippine Embassy in Oslo.
During the open forum, the participants inquired on their rights under the au pair program, and shared their stories and challenges as Filipino au pairs in Bergen, Norway. In addressing the concerns of the au pairs, Ms. Devold and Mr. Navarro emphasized the importance of maintaining an open dialogue between au pairs and their host families, especially with the cultural differences of Filipinos and Norwegians. Ms. Devold also encouraged the participants to report violations of certain host families so that the authorities may investigate and place such host families in “quarantine status.”
Aside from the conduct of the PAOS for au pairs, the Embassy also met with some members of the Filipino community in Bergen, including Father Cruf Climaco, a Filipino Catholic priest assigned at the St. Paul church in Bergen. END