Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Cleofe Natividad yesterday witnessed the signing of the “Agreement Concerning the Placement of Filipino Health Care Professionals in Employment Positions in the Federal Republic of Germany” between the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) headed by Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac and the German Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur fur Arbeit, or BA) headed by Director Monika Varnhagen in a simple ceremony at the DOLE in Intramuros, Manila.
This agreement paves the way for the opening of the German health care sector for Filipino healthcare professionals, including nurses.
The bilateral labor agreement covers the following areas of cooperation between the two countries:
- (a) regulation on the deployment of Filipino health care professionals;
- (b) preservation, promotion, and development of Filipino workers’ welfare;
- (c) exchange of ideas and information with the aim of improving and simplifying job placement procedures; and
- (d) other relevant technical and HRD cooperation and continuing studies in labor and employment.
Under the agreement, each party undertakes to ensure that the recruitment and deployment of Filipino health care professionals are in accordance with existing laws of each country; that Filipino health care professionals to be deployed have appropriate employment contracts; and that they are provided with proper briefing or orientation before departure.
The agreement provides that Filipino health care professionals may not be employed in Germany under working conditions less favorable than those for comparable German workers. They 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.
As for the salary, it is approximated at 1,900 euros or around 100,000 pesos per month.
Necessary orientations and language training for applicants will be funded and made available by a German institute in Manila.