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OFW deployment to Israel up by 27%

THE deployment of Filipino caregivers in Israel increased by 27 percent, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

In a report, the Philippine Embassy in Tel-Aviv, Israel noted that for the first half of 2017, the deployment of Filipino caregivers in Israel increased compared to the 2016 figure for the same period.

Deployment from January to June this year reached 1,748   compared to 1,376 from January to June 2016, the report said.

Labor Attaché to Israel Rudy Gabasan noted that the double digit growth proves the increasing demand for Filipino caregivers in Israel.

“Per our interview with the agencies and employers, they prefer to hire caregivers from the Philippines because they are perceived to be more caring and patient. These are innate qualities among Filipinos,” he said.

Illegal placement fees are still the main issue among caregivers in Israel according to the report.