Pinoy kids in Israel to stay till end of June

THE Israeli Embassy in Manila on Saturday children of overstaying workers in Israel will be allowed to finish their school this year before they will be sent back to the Philippines.

“According to the Israeli law, a foreign worker is allowed to live and work in Israel up to five years. It is expected from every foreign worker to abide by the law and to leave the country upon the expiration of his working permit,” the Embassy said.

“Driven by humanitarian consideration, Population Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) allows the children of the overstaying workers who are enrolled in schools to stay in the country until the end of the school year in Israel at the end of June,” it added.

The Philippine government has asked Israel to treat humanely and sensitively the at least 100 overstaying Filipinos scheduled for deportation in July 2019.

In a statement, the Embassy cited Tel Aviv’s continued “recognition” and “appreciation” of the overseas Filipino workers working in Israel for a number of years.

“The State of Israel recognizes and appreciates the contribution of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have been working in Israel for so many years,” it said.

“The government of Israel attaches a great significance to the working conditions of the Filipino workers and it was demonstrated by the signing of the historical bilateral labor agreement between the two countries which intends to improve the rights of the OFWs and dramatically reduce the placement fees,” it added.

As this developed, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it is ready to provide the necessary assistance to affected nationals and is now working with other government agencies on the reintegration program for those who will be repatriated.