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march28.2013Solon says Germany’s hiring of Filipino nurses is Philippines’ loss

march28.2013Solon says Germany’s hiring of Filipino nurses is Philippines’ loss

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Solon says Germany’s hiring of Filipino nurses is Philippines’ loss
Solon says Germany’s hiring of Filipino nurses is Philippines’ loss

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MARCH 28, 2013

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Solon says Germany’s hiring of Filipino nurses is Philippines’ loss
The recent announcement of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on the hiring of the German government of at least 500 nurses and health care workers this year could be the Philippines’ loss and Germany’s gain, said a woman lawmaker. “Germany’s gain will be our loss,” Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan (Party-list, Gabriela) said. Ilagan said this is welcome news for the hundreds of nurses who need jobs as this means they can be entitled to a P100,000 monthly salary and get to enjoy conditions similar to those accorded to their German counterparts. Ilagan added that remittances would further buoy up the economy, which is kept afloat by remittances of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). On the other hand, Ilagan said, this will mean that the country’s own hospitals and related health facilities will feel the impact of reduced personnel. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz revealed the news during the signing ceremony, held at the DOLE between Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) administrator Hans Leo Cacdac and Monika Varnhagen of the German Federal Employment Agency. Baldoz said the bilateral labor agreement provides for a government-to-government placement system of Filipino health workers for temporary employment in Germany. It opens the German health care sector to Filipino medical professionals who had been barred from employment in accordance with German laws. It is expected to address the acute shortage of health care workers in Germany. According to Baldoz, the agreement covers regulation on the deployment of Filipino health care professionals as well as preservation, promotion, and development of Filipino workers’ welfare. Successful applicants will also have compulsory insurance in the German social security system, such as health and long-term care insurance, pension, accident, and unemployment insurance. German employers must also provide them adequate accommodation. The agreement was witnessed by Baldoz, German Minister of Labor and Social Affaires Ursula von der Leyen, and officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs, DOLE and of the Professional Regulation Commission. (30) lvc

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