Philippines to Deploy Nurses in Germany
Last March 19, the Philippines and Germany signed an agreement that will facilitate the placement of Filipino health care professionals in Germany. Witnessed by German Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Ursula von der Leyen and Philippine Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe R, the agreement aims to address the current shortages experienced by German hospitals.
Baldoz, after the agreement’s signing, hailed the quick and successful conclusion of the initiative as “a beginning of a stronger relationship between the Philippines and Germany in the field of labor and employment”.
“The conclusion of this agreement between the POEA and Germany’s Federal Employment Agency, through its International Placement Services, concerning the government-to-government placement of Filipino health professionals for temporary employment in Germany manifests the Philippine government’s firm commitment to provide for an orderly system for the recruitment of Filipino health care professionals to Germany,” said Baldoz.
“It also demonstrates our commitment to promote their welfare and protection, as well as to cooperate with Germany on the promotion and sustainability of human resource development (HRD) in the Philippines. These are important elements in the joint management of migration that has strong potential to contribute to a “triple win” for the workers, for the employers, and for the two countries,” she added.
The deployment process would involve the following steps: (1) the selection of qualified nurses through the POEA, BA/ZAV, and the Philippine Embassy; (2) successful completion of basic German language course in Manila; (3) attendance of a seminar on professional practices and on German culture; (4) matching of potential nursing employers in Germany. Further language training and adaptation process will take place in German hospitals.
Minister von der Leyen commented that in terms of qualified migration to Germany, the Philippines is an excellent partner because the two countries share the same values, beliefs and cultural background. She added that the Philippines is perceived to have high standards in the medical and nursing professions and that Filipina nurses also have the reputation of being highly-qualified in their profession, with very pleasant nature and caring disposition.
The Minister also said that government university hospitals in Tübingen and Stuttgart have already indicated their readiness to employ Philippine nurses.
The first batch of nurses is expected to be deployed within the year.
Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph, http://www.poea.gov.ph