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WHITEHORSE – Since signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Republic of the Philippines in March 2022, the Liberal government has yet to formalize the Terms of Reference with a joint committee to put the MOU into action.
The MOU follows a 2019 Letter of Intent to establish a framework to undertake negotiations on immigration programming, and pursue cooperation on human resource development between the Philippines and the Yukon.
“We are glad the MOU has been signed, but it appears there is a lot more work to do,” said Porter Creek Centre MLA Yvonne Clarke. “Given the success of the Yukon Nominee Program, Yukon’s Filipino Community and Yukon businesses are waiting for the actual program benefits to be delivered. We hope the MOU leads to a government program that produces results, and is not just another feel-good announcement that fails to deliver anything of substance.”
Given the Yukon’s labour shortage, it is imperative the Liberal government finalize the work on the MOU. Yukon businesses, as well as those Yukon Filipinos who want to let their family and friends know about the program, are waiting to utilize the agreement’s benefits.