The Philippines is working on deploying professionals for mid-level management positions in the Israeli hospitality industry following the hiring of Filipino hotel workers there.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry revealed that the Philippine Embassy in Israel “continues to engage in discussions” to facilitate the entry of Filipinos into the Israeli hospitality sector.
“The Embassy continues to engage in discussions with relevant Filipino and Israeli partners to facilitate the entry of Filipino workers into other areas of the Israeli hotel workforce,” the DFA said.
Potential areas include professionals for mid-level management positions, as well as concierge and reception sections, culinary graduates for kitchen and bar services, and possibly on-the-job training for Filipino students .
The FDFA said the embassy also sees potential opportunities for Filipino workers in Israel’s aerospace and medical sectors.
At least 61 Filipino hotel workers recently deployed to Israel will work in hotels in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Caesarea and Tiberias, as well as resorts and spas near the Dead Sea.
The group arrived in the Holy Land on June 2.
Philippine Ambassador to Israel Macairog Alberto, who hosted the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), encouraged the group “not only to do their best in their work, but also to appreciate their work”.
Alberto told OFWs that the embassy would help them achieve their goals of helping their families back home.
Upon arrival, they were briefed on common work-related issues faced by Filipinos in Israel.
The deployment of hospitality workers follows the bilateral labor agreement signed during President Duterte’s visit to Israel in 2018, which facilitates the hiring of Filipinos for Israel’s hospitality industry.
Under the agreement, Filipino hospitality workers are protected from abusive deployment agencies and enjoy benefits such as health insurance, retirement savings and competitive salaries.
The FDFA pointed out that the hiring of Filipinos continued after “a long delay caused by the pandemic” thanks to the joint efforts of the embassy, the Ministry of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Israeli government agencies and Israeli tourism and employment partners. hotel sectors.
The hotel sector is the second labor market, after care, opened by Israel to Filipinos. Currently, Filipinos and Jordanians are the only foreigners allowed in the Israeli hospitality industry.