The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is studying the viability of deploying Filipino workers, particularly health professionals, in the Republic of San Marino, a microstate in northeast Italy.
In a statement Thursday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said an assessment team has been formed to undertake the study.
The team is tasked to study the San Marino nursing and caregiving professional regulatory framework and look into the possibility of enabling the Filipino professionals to work there.
Bello said the team will also identify all possible deployment modalities, such as POEA deployment, Movement of Natural Persons (MNP), under the General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS).Bello also said he wants the team to look into how opportunities can be maximized under a proposed Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Home Services between San Marino and the Philippines.
The team is chaired by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and composed of member institutions coming from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB).
Following its appraisal, the team will recommend to Bello appropriate measures to address the identified gaps in the Philippine nursing and caregiving training, certification or accreditation to make them competitive and viable.
A draft strategic plan for the viable supply of nursing and caregiving services in San Marino is also expected from the team.
Meanwhile, as provided for in the POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 2 series of 2011, the Republic of San Marino, one of the countries in Europe, is a certified compliant country, or where the rights of Filipino migrant workers are protected.
POEA records show that from 2015 to present, there are only 22 overseas Filipino workers in San Marino, composed of two new hires while the rest are rehires. —KBK, GMA