In an article at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) website, published on the 12th of October 2011, the Philippine Embassy in Prague reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Ambassador Evelyn D. Austria-Garcia visited the warranty service company, TELEPLAN PRAGUE S.R.O., on October 5.
Ambassador Austria-Garcia, together with Dutch Ambassador Jan Cornelis Henneman, visited the company to give assistance to the Filipino employees of Teleplan in renewing their residence permits. And afterwards they were given a briefing on the company's activities, including the recruitment of its personnel.
During the briefing given by TELEPLAN Chief Executive Officer and President Gotthard Haug and Vice President for Operations Pierre Gingras at its facility in Ricany, the Ambassador was overjoyed upon hearing that the company intends to hire more Filipinos in its facility in the Czech Republic, almost double their present number of 85.
She was even happier when she was informed that the company is presently discussing a venture in the Philippines with RIM, producers of smart phone Blackberry.
Ambassador Austria-Garcia assured them of the Embassy's assistance to ensure the success of TELEPLAN's operations in the Czech Republic.
TELEPLAN is a global company based in the Netherlands, which has an established presence in 24 sites in over 12 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. The company compose of has 5,600 employees, generates annual revenue of about €278.6 million (US$417.9 million). Among its clients are Nokia, Cisco, Sony, Microsoft, RIM, Activision, IBM and TOMTOM.
TELEPLAN in Czech Republic employs 509 employees. This includes around 40% overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are involved in various systems operations such as line maintenance, quality and product engineers.