The Philippine Department of Labor and Employment has said there may be 5,000 job openings for Filipinos in Israel.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said there were no job orders or guidelines yet but a deal is expected to be finalized in November. He said Israel is looking to hire hotel workers and caregivers, the Business Mirror reported.

“By November 4, we will be meeting with Israeli officials for bilateral talks about hotel workers,” Bello said.

The Labor official said Filipinos who want to work in the hotel and restaurant industry overseas must obtain certification from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Israel is currently one of the top destination countries for overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East, along with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Jordan.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, there are 29,000 Filipinos currently working in Israel, around 24,000 of whom work as caregivers.

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