PH to send first batch of caregivers to Israel next week after lifting of deployment ban

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will send the first batch of Filipino caregivers to Israel next week, after the government lifted the temporary ban on worker deployment to the Middle Eastern country.

"Ang good news, next week po, July 27, mayroon po tayong 50 na caregivers, ang unang batch na lilipad at sila po ay patungo sa Israel under the [government-to-government] deployment natin," POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said in Thursday's Laging Handa briefing.

[Translation: The good news is next week, July 27, 50 caregivers under the government-to-government deployment will be part of the first batch of workers who will fly to Israel.]

A total of 377 caregivers will depart for Israel, according to Olalia.

The Philippines suspended the deployment of workers to Israel in May due to hostilities between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants, which escalated that month. The country lifted the suspension on July 14 as tensions eased.