MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday met with Germany's Labor Minister Dr. Ursula von der Leyen at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in Berlin.
Both parties agreed to sustain the momentum of Philippine-German labor cooperation following the signing of the agreement to deploy Filipino healthcare professionals to Germany last March 18.
President Benigno S. Aquino III ratified the agreement last May 29, which means the it is now in effect.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is expected to issue implementing guidelines soon, as it starts processing nurses applications for Germany.
"For the Philippines, it means an opportunity for our nurses to get employed in Germany. And for Germany, it addresses the shortage of nurses and other health professionals in the country," Binay said in a statement.
Both sides are targeting the initial deployment of 50 Filipino nurses to Germany in the latter half of 2013, with an additional nurses expected in 2014.
Binay and von der Leyen welcomed initial progress on the proposed Philippines-Germany Social Security Agreement. It is expected that the social security agreement will allow Filipinos returning to the Philippines to repatriate their pensions. The next round of negotiations on a social security agreement will take place in the Philippines in January 2014.