Countries in three continents are ready to accept Filipino medical workers after President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the temporary overseas deployment ban for such workers last week, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said on Tuesday.
Duterte on Saturday lifted the temporary ban on the deployment of nurses and other medical workers abroad, heeding the appeal made by the ambassadors of European countries like Germany, United Kingdom and Italy
“The top destinations for our health care workers especially nurses, number one is the Middle East, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, followed by Qatar, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates,” POEA chief Bernard Olalia said during a Laging Handa briefing.
Olalia added that Manila and Riyadh have a bilateral agreement involving the deployment of medical workers. He said that for the United Kingdom and Germany, the deployment of workers is done either through government-to-government or private recruitment processes.
Olalia said hiring for Germany, under the Triple Win Agreement, involves a government-to-government recruitment process while the deployment is done through POEA-accredited private license recruitment agencies (LRAs). Job opportunities also await Filipino nurses in the United States.
“In many nations around the world, our nurses are number one, preferred choice,” he added.