SOME 1,000 job opportunities in the hotel industry of Israel will soon be available for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), according to the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).
Speaking after the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Philippines and Israel, Dole Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the demand for OFWs has already been formalized via the government-to-government partnership of the two countries.
“The Israeli government is opening 1,000 jobs in the hotel industry for OFWs. They have an extreme demand for hotel cleaners,” said Bello.
“Although there are other interested countries, who would like to send migrant workers, the Israelis prefer Filipinos due to their experience with our caregivers,” he added.
Bello also said that the agreement would still be on experimental implementation, as Israel looks forward to raising the number of job opportunities to be opened for OFWs in the future, considering their growing tourism industry.
“They are very keen on signing this agreement because, even before, their demand for hotel workers are already very high,” he said.
Bello said that under the labor pact, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is tasked to facilitate the proper deployment of OFWs to Israel even as the Dole negotiated to reduce the minimal deployment fee from $8,000 to $12,000 to only around $2,000.
He said qualified applicants can expect a basic salary of around $1,200, subject to implementing guidelines of the POEA, while the caregivers’ average existing wage is about $1,350.
As to how OFWs will be treated, the labor chief said he is confident that there will be no cases of abuses.
“Based on experience, I am confident that our OFWs will be treated fairly in Israel. I spoke with some of our ‘kababayan’ and they have expressed positive feedbacks with their Israeli employers,” said Bello. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)