The Philippine government and Germany are currently negotiating two new labor agreements that could provide more job opportunities for Filipino workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Monday.

According to DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the two countries are discussing the possibility of Filipino workers being recruited to Germany, specifically healthcare workers and 31 other professions in the hotel service, electrical engineering and mechanics, sanitation, heating-air conditioning, and childcare sectors.

Although no decision has been made yet, Bello is confident that the negotiations will push through. 

“We are hopeful that the two agreements could come to fruition within the term of President Duterte and mark a significant milestone in the history of Philippine-German bilateral relations,” he said. 

Under the Triple Win program, the Philippines deploys Filipino nurses to Germany. “Since 2013, we have deployed around 1,811 nurses under the Program, which is exempted from the cap on the overseas deployment of Filipino healthcare workers,” Bello noted during the turnover of the German-funded Geriatric Skills Laboratory in Baliuag University in Bulacan.

The laboratory is funded by the Bertelsmann Stiftung Foundation and falls under the Triple Win Program-Global Skills Partnership program.

The Global Skills Partnership initiative is an expansion of the Triple Win Program, which aims to provide Filipinos access to German training through face-to-face, e-learning, and other alternative methods.

Geriatric care is one of the priority skills nurses need to acquire in Germany as the country’s elderly population is high.

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