The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the deployment of Filipina caregivers to Israel nearly hit 3,000 from January to December last year, data from the Philippine Embassy in Israel showed.
DFA said the recorded data rose by 2.53 percent to 2,922 versus the 2,850 posted in the same period in 2016.
However, Labor Attache to Israel Rudy Gabasan stressed that this was “minimal” increase as compared to the 24.6 percent growth seen in 2016.
The DFA explained that this slight increase in deployment was due to the high placement fees of work in Israel.
Despite the fact that Israel offers higher minimum wage to household service workers compared to other Middle Eastern countries, the placement fees, which is illegal in both the Philippines and Israel, remain to be a problem for most overseas Filipino workers.
The two countries are set to sign a bilateral labor agreement to address this issue, the DFA said.
It is expected there will be increase in the deployment of Filipina caregivers once the agreement is signed.