Minister McCallum’s visit to IOM/COA Philippines

19 Sep Minister McCallum’s visit to IOM/COA Philippines

On August 12th 2016, the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, visited the IOM Manila Administrative Centre.

Kathy Vergara

COA Coordinator in Manila, Philippines

The Canadian delegation, including officials from the Minister’s Office and the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines, visited the IOM Manila (Global) Administrative Centre (MAC)  and toured the Teleradiology Services.

They also met with staff from the Manila Human Resources Operations (MHRO), the Labour Migration Unit (LMU), the Migrants Assistance and Protection Programmes (MAP), the Migration Health Centre (MHC) and the Resettlement and Movement Management Division.

The Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) team was honoured to welcome the Minister and to have this opportunity to discuss the positive outcomes of pre-arrival information and orientation services to newcomers to Canada. Minister McCallum toured the COA offices and debriefed on COA and the Planning for Canada initiative with the team.

From the inception of its permanent training operation in Manila; that is, from August 2002 to April 1, 2016, COA provided orientation to more than 65,000 Filipino immigrants preparing for their move to Canada.

Minister McCallum expressed his appreciation of IOM’s range of services in support of Canada’s humanitarian and economic objectives.

To learn more about IOM’s work in partnership with the Government of Canada – IOM Building Better Futures: Canada and IOM

The Honourable Minister, John McCallum (sixth person from the right), during his visit of IOM and COA in Manila. Ms. Kathy Vergara, the COA Philippines Coordinator (fifth person from the right) is standing to the left of the Minister (August 2016).
The Honourable Minister, John McCallum (sixth person from the right), during his visit of IOM and COA in Manila. Ms. Kathy Vergara, the COA Philippines Coordinator (fifth person from the right) is standing to the left of the Minister (August 2016).