The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) has called for an exemption in the deployment cap of Filipino healthcare workers (HCWs) to Germany.
In their private dialogue with Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III on June 15, members of the GPCCI expressed concerns about the deployment cap, existing contacts of Filipino HCWs with their respective employees, and those who have taken or is taking German language education.
The dialogue was attended by 100 participating firms.
“The large participation on this subject matter proves that there is a big interest in this cooperation,” GPCCI President Stefan Schmitz said.
Bello said one way for the discussions on potential exemptions could move forward is through “support in the vaccination” of HCWs.
The labor secretary also mentioned that recommendations for exemptions of special cases will be proposed to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for approval.
German Ambassador to the Philippines Anke Reiffenstuel, for his part, said he is confident that the continuous dialogue between the national government and German businesses in the Philippines will help find solutions to the issue at hand.
“Strengthening the cooperation in the deployment of Filipino health care workers to Germany remains a priority for the German Embassy,” Reiffenstuel said.
“We are aware that the current deployment cap imposed by the Philippine authorities constitutes an enormous challenge for recruitment agencies both in Germany and the Philippines, but also for the health care sector in Germany which is counting on the partnership with the Philippines,” the ambassador added.