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PH to send 500 tourism workers to Israel

MAKATI CITY, (PIA) -- Some 500 Filipino hotel workers are set to fly to Israel next week, said the Israel Ambassador to the Philippines on Thursday.

During a meeting with Filipino media practitioners in his official residence, Amb. Ilan Fluss said it is the first time that the hotel industry in Israel will open its doors to foreign workers.

“There was a decision to open the hotel industry to foreign labor and in the meantime, only for Filipino workers, next week will be the first batch going to Israel,” Fluss said.

(PHOTO CAPTION: Israel Ambassador Ilan Fluss sits down with local media practitioners in his official residence in Makati City.)

The project is a part of the 2018 Philippines-Israel labor agreement made during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Israel.

“The ‘government to government’ arrangement saves a lot of cost for the workers,” Fluss added.

Filipino Workers will be given medical insurance, pension fund, and all of the social rights given under Israeli regulation.
The pandemic severely affected the tourism sector, with an estimate of 1 million jobs lost in the tourism industry as widespread lockdown and strict quarantine rules were implemented.

Currently, there are approximately 25,000 Overseas Filipino Workers in Israel working as caregivers. (PIA-NCR)

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