Israel offers higher salaries, kinder employers and better work conditions compared to most Middle East countries that are always on the news maltreating Filipino workers. But despite this good opportunity, not so many Filipinos are going to Israel to work. Random interviews with aspiring overseas workers who applied for Israel said that recruitment agencies charge very high rates of placement fees.
However, there are about 30,000 Filipinos who are working in Israel and are benefiting from the good salaries and the nice treatment of employers to them. And, for those who are aspiring to work in Israel, a thousand jobs in Israel’s tourism sector will soon be available to Filipinos by November. This was what Israel’s ambassador to the Philippines, Rafael Harpaz, said in this report.
Harpaz stressed that the government-to-government agreement is just one of the benefits of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to the Middle Eastern country last year.
“In November, finally, we are going to start the process of having Filipinos coming to work in the tourism industry,” Harpaz disclosed in a business meeting.
To ensure a legal process, hiring of Filipino workers will be done through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) as Israel requires no middle companies.
Workers can work for a 5-year contract, Harpaz said emphasizing that Jerusalem’s agreement with Manila is the first of its kind given the warm hospitality of Filipinos.
“Filipinos are the best in Israel. Why do we love so much the Filipinos? Because you have the best service, you’re friendly and we have a wonderful experience with the caregivers that take care of our most beloved people,” he said.
Harpaz is very hopeful and positive that the first batch of Filipino migrant workers to work in Israel’s tourism industry will be deployed by Christmas this year.
“It’s another good news that by Christmas, I hope the first Filipino will go with visa to work in tourism. That would be history,” Harpaz concluded.
Source: ABS-CBN News