PH deploys first batch of home-based caregivers to Israel

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) — The Philippines has started the deployment of home-based caregivers to Israel, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

In a statement, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Bernard Olalia said 48 overseas Filipino workers were initially sent to Israel on Tuesday pursuant to the Bilateral Labor Agreement signed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Machluf in 2018.

Olalia noted that these caregivers are part of the 377 OFWs who were supposed to leave last year, but processing of their documents got delayed due to COVID-19 community restrictions.

The POEA administrator first announced the deployment on July 22 after the government lifted the temporary ban on worker deployment to the Middle Eastern country on July 14 as hostilities between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants eased.

“We are now processing the documents of the qualified applicants for the 2nd round of recruitment, and this time, we are looking at more than 1,000 OFWs who will undergo the usual process of selection, hiring and matching with their respective employers in Israel,” he added.

Aside from caregivers, household service workers, and nurses, demand for laborers in the technology, services, hospitality and manufacturing sectors is also high in Israel.

Olalia also reminded OFWs to avoid dealing with bogus recruiters and under-the-table transactions that require them to pay ₱500,000.