Filipino nurse Janette dela Cruz received a bouquet of flowers from Mr. Raimund Becker, board member of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) of Germany, to congratulate her for being the 1000th nurse to arrive in Germany under the Triple Win Project (TWP) during a press conference held on July 31 at the Caritas House St. Nikolaus in Munich.
The TWP is a healthcare employment cooperation program administered by the German Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) and BA’s International Placement Services (ZAV) with partner agencies in four countries, including the Philippines, where it is overseen by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA). The three other countries are Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Tunisia, whose nurses, along with their Filipino counterparts, comprise the 1,000 now deployed in German hospitals and healthcare institutions under the program.
Ambassador Melita Sta. Maria Thomeczek congratulated the new nurses and thanked the Triple Win Partners and employers for their respective contributions to the program. “In the 1960s and ‘70s, we had many nurses coming to work in German hospitals,” she said. “Their deployment stopped in the 1980s with the oil crisis, and it is now being revived through the TWP, which has been recognized as a model of sustainable migration, whereby both the destination and receiving countries benefit, as well as the migrants themselves.”
The Ambassador was joined by Philippine Labor Attaché in Geneva Mr. Delmer Cruz (right), and Honorary Consul Dr. Stefan Detig (right, 2nd row) at the event. (END)