Vice President, Jejomar Binay is glad to
guarantee the deployment of Filipino medical workers in Germany. Binay
presented the “instrument of ratification” that will open the European country
as another destination for nurses from the Philippines during his official visit
to Germany to grace the 9th Asia Pacific Week. The said “instrument of
ratification” was signed by President Aquino on May 29.
Binay who is the current presidential adviser on
overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) concerns had a meeting with Germany’s Minister
of Labor and Social Affairs, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen to discuss the hiring of
the first batch of 50 Filipino nurses there.
According to the vice
president, the government of Germany is anticipating the deployment of hundreds
of Filipino nurses which they view as “lovable and hardworking. The
German Minister even wanted to personally supervise the hiring of Filipino nurses
and other medical professionals to Germany.
Binay said in an interview by Maila Bulletin, “Gusto
na niyang matapos agad at tuwang-tuwa sya nung binigyan ko sya ng instrument ng
ratification and sinabi nya, ‘ito ‘yung hinihintay ko.’
The mutual agreement states that the temporary hiring
of healthcare professionals to Germany would be a government-to-government
placement system. The agreement was signed by Philippine Overseas Employment
Administration (POEA) Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac and Monika Varnhagen of the
German Federal Employment Agency last March 19.
In the meeting, Binay reminded von der Leyen
that Germany should give nurses from the Philippines an academic certificate to
ensure fast deployment. The Philippines also requested for assistance to to
improve vocational education and technical skills development in the country.
Binay also informed that von der Leyen would
return to the Philippines in September to personally bring the Filipino medical
professionals to Germany.
The Ambassador of Philippines to Germany, Maria
Cleofe Natividad said that the agreement ensure good benefits of the medical
professionals who will be hired in Germany.