Department of Labor and Employment
19 May 2021
Pinoy HCW up for deployment to Israel’s safe zones
The labor department on Wednesday assured that Filipino health care workers (HCW) scheduled for deployment to Israel will be safe and secure despite the armed conflict in the Middle Eastern region.
This after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reported that some 400 Filipino caregivers are scheduled to be deployed to Israel under an existing bilateral labor agreement.
“Yesterday we had a meeting with our counterparts in Israel because we are on the final step for the deployment of our OFWs. It is also a good thing because we are yet to receive an advisory regarding the ban, so, we will proceed with the deployment of our 400 home-based caregivers in Israel,” POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said.
Since there is no existing ban and Israel remains on Alert Level 1, Administrator Olalia said the deployment of OFWs to Israel’s residential zones that are far from the areas of conflict will take place this month.
The deployment of the 400 health care workers (HCW) is under the government-to-government deployment arrangement in adherence to the existing labor agreement between the Philippines and Israel.
While monitoring the welfare and status of OFWs, the POEA has also issued an advisory for Pinoy workers in Israel to strictly observe safety protocols being implemented by the embassy to avoid danger and untoward incidents.
“We will continue to monitor the status of our OFWs in Israel and if we receive any report that our HCWs are in danger, then we will immediately repatriate them back in the Philippines,” the POEA Chief added.
Olalia said they have yet to hit the requirement of 1,000 HCWs by Israel because of the current pandemic situation, however, they continue to fast-track the processing and application of those interested Pinoy workers.
On the deployment cap of 5,000 being imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), Olalia reported that POEA has already reached more than 3,000 workers as of May 2021. He further clarified that those HCWs who will be deployed this month are exempted from the said cap.
“We are anticipatory. Soon when we are about to hit the cap, we will be talking with our counterparts and representatives in the IATF and recommend raising the cap. All of the data from POEA, DOLE, BLE, DOH, and even the PRC are taken into consideration to decide whether we will increase the deployment cap,” Olalia added.
The administrator said they have noted an increase in the application for HCWs since the requirement to attain at least second year in college was reduced to high school graduates while the process of application, screening, and interview usually takes about two to three months. An HCW in Israel is expected to receive a monthly salary of $1500. #Paul Ang