GERMANY, the leading economy in the European Union, is looking at the Philippines as the main source of some 200,000 nurses, specializing particularly in geriatric care, to fill its needs in the next four years, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Monday.
In a media forum, Baldoz said Germany’s nursing shortage was relayed to her in meetings with some of that country’s officials during an official trip to Europe last week, which coincided with the third year of the “Triple Win” agreement.
That agreement, signed in March 2013, ensures that Filipino nurses deployed to Germany would have adequate linguistic and professional preparation, free of charge, prior to entry to the country.
“The officials expressed a preference for hiring Filipino nurses,” Baldoz said at the Department of Labor and Employment’s first media forum for 2016 in Pasay City.
By Jocelyn R. Uy, Philippine Daily Inquirer
March 29, 2016
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO