German Embassy says ‘willkommen!’ with weekend Expo
Last weekend, the German Embassy in Manila and the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) celebrated 60 years of Filipino-Germany relations through the ‘Mabuhay Germany’ expo at the Bonifacio Global City.
Mabuhay Germany is an annual event that highlights German culture and opportunities for Filipinos in Germany.
The two-day event featured a champagne brunch and a beer garden, dance and photography competitions, table soccer, activities for kids, cultural performances and a panel discussion on job opportunities in Germany.
Goethe-Institu Philippinen head of language programme Falk Schleicher announced last month that around 200 German firms in the Philippines are looking for local workers who know how to speak German.
He said ‘One of the biggest is Daimler, whose outsourcing arm for accounting services is in Cebu. They need 500 employees who are familiar with the German language. In general, the demand is still high.’
Just some of the industries that are looking for Filipinos include IT, health services and shipping. Last year, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) signed an agreement with the German Federal Employment Agency that sought to hire 500 Filipino nurses by the end of 2014.
It was clarified, however, that one of the important requirements for local jobseekers is a good command of the German language.
Despite the huge demand in the country’s health sector, many stakeholders in Germany’s health industry have issued calls for better quality immigrant workers and have asked health ministers to review foreign language tests for this purpose.