Germany welcomes Filipino nurses


MANILA, Philippines—Germany is opening its doors to Filipino nurses and Manila and Berlin are set to sign an agreement paving the way for the deployment of Philippine health workers with guarantees of professional training and a healthy work environment.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday that German Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Ursula von der Leyen is set to travel to Manila soon to formalize the deployment agreement with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

The signing follows a March 8 meeting between Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe Natividad and officials of the federal employment agency, International Placement Services (ZAV), in Bonn, said the DFA.

Supervised by Von der Leyen, the ZAV, along with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), “will ensure that Filipino nurses will have adequate linguistic and professional preparation, free of charge, prior to entry to Germany” as part of a “triple win formula.”

“It is all systems go for the Triple Win Project. When the agreement is signed, then we have a cooperation framework that enables Filipino nurses to work in Germany,” Natividad said in a statement.

She said the deployment agreement has safety nets to protect the Filipino workers’ rights.

“Under the agreement, Filipino workers may not be employed under working conditions less favorable than those comparable for German workers,” she said.

The DFA said the deployment agreement is part of the enhanced labor cooperation that Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle discussed in Manila last February.

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  • Guest

    I work as a nurse the past 15 years here in Brunswick. I still don’t know how they will go about it. As I understand there should’nt be any fees collected, so it would be government to government. We see the need the need for nurses here, I keep on telling my German colleagues that we have a big surplus in the Phils, who would glady work here. I would advise you to learnd German as early as now. Enroll for 2 semesters at Goethe Institute. Entry grade salaries range from 2200 to 2700 Euros gross a month. 6 weeks paid vacation is standard in all hospitals. Health insurance coverage is guaranteed by law, with 50 50 equity from you and your employer.

  • Ronald Jr Yasay Baldove

    This is good news.. :)

  • dikoy321

    Views from Germany:
    Filipino NURSES are world-famous for their TLC !
    Go for it mga Kabayan ! BRING HONOR to the Philippines, like what we do EVERYDAY !
    This is a gov’t-to-gov’t Program, headed by the energetic (seemingly HONEST!) Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen !
    German language is perhaps funny at the start, but DO LEARN your Gammar ! When you do, the Germans WILL RESPECT you ! Germans themselves also make mistakes and they admit that their language is difficult, even for them !
    Been here since about 30 yrs and I know whence I speak of.
    During your POEA Seminars, ASK why POEA or DFA WITHHOLD the list of names of Filipino-German NGOs in Germany from distribution to those prospective immigrants or visitors to Germany !!! Should POEA/DFA give a reason, that is NOT VALID ! Being new to Germany, with a strange language, you NEED SUPPORT and ASSISTANCE from those who already live here !
    If POEA/DFA still REFUSE, at LEAST ask for the name of the Filipino-German Community Leader in the City of Heidelberg, Germany (his first name is RIZAL too!) or ask for his name/tel numbers from the Philippine Embassy in Berlin. I know he will NOT mind ! He’s always a HELPFUL person, for Filipinos, women & men !
    Welcome to Germany !
    “Herzlich Willkommen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland!” or simply
    “Herzlich Willkommen!”

  • enteng

    Happy to serve our white masters!

  • Beguine

    Ah well then expect a rapid skyrocketing increase of
    weddings between German males and Pinoy female nurses
    and German frauleins and Pinoy male nurses should Germany
    be “invaded” by Pinoy nurses of both sexes.

    Pretty soon Germany will become one of our strongest allies,
    wouldn’t it?

  • Serom

    That’s nice recognition and opportunity for our Filipino nurses. However, Cynthia Villar thinks that our nurses would go to Germany to work as maids.

  • John Richard Espinosa Galia

    ich habe es fuer 7 jahren gewartet.

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