Around 400 Filipino caregivers are set to be deployed to Israel before the end of May amid the ongoing conflict there, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.
However, POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said the Israeli government has assured that the caregivers will be deployed to residential areas far from violence amid the conflict between Israel’s military and Palestinian militants.
He further said that these caregivers are home-based under the bilateral agreement between the two countries.
Olalia stated that the POEA’s counterpart in Israel has not mentioned any suspension of the deployment. He noted that Israel is still on Alert Level1, which means that there is no ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there at the moment.
A second batch composed of around 500 Filipino caregivers may also be deployed to Israel by July or August which around 600 Filipinos who have already applied to be part of it, according to the POEA Administrator.
He also noted that the reduction of the education requirement for caregivers from 12 years to a minimum of 10 years by the Israeli government has resulted in an increase in the number of applicants. This means that high school graduates could apply for the caregiver position.