PH, Germany ink labor pact on healthcare workers

Posted at 03/19/13 2:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A labor agreement has been signed that would open doors of opportunities for Filipino healthcare professionals, including nurses in Germany.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the initiative is “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,” Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

The agreement, Baldoz added, also shows the Philippines’ commitment to promote the welfare and protection of Filipino healthcare professionals, 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 said.

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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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.

“There will be a standard bilingual labor employment contract to be used for the placement of Filipino health care professionals. Both parties will exert efforts to ensure observance of the workers' rights,” said Baldoz.