According to the Department of Labor and Employment, Germany would need at least 200,000 nurses until 2020. This information came out of a meeting with officials from the government of Germany during a recent visit to the country.
During the meeting, the two governments discussed the status and way forward of the Triple Win Project under the Philippines-Germany government-to-government hiring agreement as well as the decision of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board to expand the project to include the participation of private recruitment agencies.
“I have been informed about the World Health Organization’s and International Labor Organization’s joint Human Resource Development Technical Cooperation Program which the Philippines could tap for possible specialized training on geriatric care because we don’t have this in the Philippines due to the absence of nursing homes,” Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said.
It was reported that Germany is in short supply of nurses and would at least need 200,000 nurses (until 2020). “The officials have expressed preference to hire Filipino nurses,” said Baldoz during the DOLE’s first quarter 2016 Kapihan at Balitaan.
Nurses hired so far
Since the signing of the agreement, Germany has accepted 222 Filipino nurses, 128 of whom had been deployed to 14 employers in Germany, while the rest are still completing their preparatory German language training in the Philippines.
The Philippine delegation visited the University Hospital in Tubingen to look into the employment situation of Filipino nurses from different parts of Germany—Berlin, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Tübingen—who were deployed under the Triple Win project.
Other opportunities for nurses
Secretary Baldoz also met with a representative from Minor, a research company, on the latter’s DINTA research project, which seeks to explore the use of digital technologies to assist in the integration of Filipino nurses and Spanish care workers in Germany.
“Funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, the research will be very helpful in providing prospective Filipino nurses and careworkers online information about living and working in Germany,” she elaborated.
DOLE will soon meet with officials of relevant government agencies, such as the Department of Health, Professional Regulation Commission and its Board of Nursing, Commission on Higher Education, and the 15-member agency Philippine Human Resource for Health Network to discuss her meeting with German officials and to explore ways on how the Philippines can avail of the opportunities presented by Germany’s health care sector.
—From the Department of Labor and Employment