PH sa UK, Germany: Maglaan ng COVID vax para sa OFWs

PH sa UK, Germany: Maglaan ng COVID vax para sa OFWs

February 23, 2021 @ 8:49 AM 1 week ago

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Manila, Philippines – Hinihiling ng gobyerno sa dalawang bansa na maglaan ng bakuna laban sa COVID sa overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) bilang bahagi ng kasunduan na may kinalaman sa deployment ng health service workers, partikular sa mga nurse.

Sinabi ni International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) Director Alice Visperas na ni-request ni Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III sa  United Kingdom at Germany ang naturang sitwasyon.

“Secretary Bello’s request is for our OFWs, these are the OFWs that were repatriated, who are here in the country including those who will be deployed. It is important, especially those who are set to leave since many countries who are hiring migrant workers want workers that have been vaccinated,” saad ni Visperas.

 “Also, Secretary Bello requested for their government to give us vaccines especially for our OFWs.”

Parehong humihiling ng exemption ang UK at Germany sa 5,000 cap sa deployment ng mga nurse.

Nang tanungin kung may desisyon na ang DOLE tungkol dito, sinabing nakadepende pa rin ito kay Bello.

“It will depend on their answer to the request of Sec. Bello. We are waiting for the decision of their governments. But, according to the Secretary, he is considering to grant the cap [exemption] if they will give in to our conditions.”

“The request regarding the vaccine is also applicable to Germany,” saad pa nito.

 “There is no specific number yet but our estimate is more than 600,000 OFWs who are in the country and going abroad. I think around that number, what we are going to request.” RNT/FGDC


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