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After bilateral agreement with Israel, OFWs deployment to rise

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The recent bilateral agreement signed by the Philippines and Israel included the lowering of deployment cost of Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), particularly caregivers.

In this regard, the Philippines’ Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) expects an increase in the OFWs deployment to Israel after the deployment cost has been lowered from as high as USD12,000 to only more than USD2,000.

Before the agreement was signed, he added that the cost of deployment, which includes fare and health insurance, ranged from USD8,000 to USD12,000.

“We expect the increase in the deployment there. In addition to the fact that Israel is keen on getting our Filipino caregivers because they seem to prefer more Filipino caregivers over and above other nationalities,” DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

“With the agreement, it went down to a little over USD2,000. These are necessary expenses. Like for example, the worker would have to pay for his fare. That is more than USD1,000 for his or her health insurance,” Secretary Bello said.

Bello added that aside from the reduced cost of deployment, Filipino caregivers are entitled to receive a salary of USD1,350 to USD2,000.

“Now their salaries reach up to USD2,000. So if you see the caregivers there, they look affluent. They don’t look like workers there. Their condition there is good,” Secretary Bello said.

Israel is also set to sign another bilateral agreement with the Philippines on hiring hotel workers on November 4, 2018

“The demand for hotel workers is big and it seems they are in a hurry because we just signed an agreement on caregivers and they want another one on hotel workers,” Secretary Bello said.

The deployment process is government-to-government, though the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

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