U.S. CRUISE LINE HIRES 68 PALAUANS

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By Nazario Rodriguez Jr.

KOROR (Palau Horizon, Nov. 15) — Some 68 Palauans have been hired as crewmembers by NCL America, a United States company which is set to send two of its cruise ships early next year to Palau as part of its training and recruitment program in the Pacific Region.

The successful applicants are to be employed as servers, cooks, public relations officers, computer typists and other workers and were chosen among 180 who submitted their applications, according to Manasseh G. Temol, chief of the Division of Job Placement of the Bureau of Human Resources Development (BHRD).

The BHRD said some of the positions are considered unskilled but they will be given the opportunity to travel abroad and develop their skills through an "on-the-job-training program."

NCL America, whose Pacific office is located at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa on Tumon Bay, Guam, will ferry them to Hawaii for a six-month training course and they will be paid complete benefits as regular employees.

Temol said if some of them are not able to pass the training, the BHRD has assured them that they will be employed by the government.

Three officials of NCL America recently visited Palau and received the applicants at the Pacific Palau Resort. The officials extended BHRD their assurance to accept more applicants to fill some 2,000 new jobs for the Pride of Aloha and the Pride of America.

The NCL officials are administrators Michael Bottemia and Amanda Sanchez and recruitment manager Nicolaus Triesnitz.

These passenger cruise ships, which will sail among the Hawaiian Islands, offer several positions with competitive salaries, a full health plan, and room and board facilities.

The company says that, being a U.S. flagship, the hired Palauans will enjoy the benefits of American workers.

All applicants must have U.S. citizenship or an alien resident card or be a citizen of the Federated States of Marshall Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, American Samoa or Palau.

The current minimum wage in the U.S. is $5.25 per hour.

November 16, 2004

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