61 Filipinos bound to Israel as Middle East country opens doors to foreign workers

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An Israeli flag, attached to a rock known as
An Israeli flag, attached to a rock known as "Andromeda's Rock", flutters in the Mediterranean Sea as Tel Aviv's skyline of high-rise buildings is seen in the background, in Jaffa, Israel June 16, 2019. Picture taken June 16, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

The Philippine government has sent off 61 Filipino hotel workers to Israel, as the Middle Eastern country opens its doors to foreign labor.

On Tuesday (June 1), Israel Ambassador to Manila Ilan Fluss saw the departure of the first batch of 61 Filipinos bound for Israel as hotel workers.

“Until now the hotel industry was closed, this is the first time that the hotel industry was able to invite foreign labor,” Flus said during a send-off ceremony in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday.

The ambassador noted that only Filipino caregivers were allowed to work in Israel before. Around 30,000 Filipinos in Israel are employed as caregivers.

“We are happy to finally accept Filipino hotel workers. We are optimistic that the demand will grow, especially that Filipinos have proven their world-class service in the caregiving industry,” he added.

Fluss assured that the Filipino workers would have the same treatment as domestic employees in Israel.

In 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a labor agreement during his visit to Israel.

Around 500 Filipino hotel workers will be hired for the initial phase of the labor agreement.

“More slots will open depending on the demand for hospitality-related jobs in the country,” it said.

As of now, Fluss said that no other industries are interested in hiring Filipino workers yet.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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