Fresh from celebrating its first anniversary, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Berlin hosted on 21 September 2020 a webinar entitled “Work and Life in Germany: Practical Tips” to give Filipino nurses newly arrived in Germany or intending to come to Germany the opportunity to learn from fellow Filipino nurses who have been living and working in the country for several years.
The webinar, moderated by Labor Attaché Delmer Cruz, featured as resource persons Mr. Jimmy Carpon, who teaches at the Ecumenical institute for Nursing Professions in Ortenau (OEKI) and was among the first Filipino nurses deployed to Germany under the Triple Win Project (TWP) and a Bagong Bayani award recipient; and Ms. Regille Tayamen a surgical nurse at Sankt Gertrauden Krankenhaus (SGK) Berlin. Mr. Carpon’s presentation focused more on the work setting, while Ms. Tayamen’s focused on life outside of work. A third resource person was Mr. Matthias Gerloff, a trainer for international nurses at the Uniklinikum Tübingen, who, in conversation with Consul Cathy Torres, offered a German perspective on the topic of Filipino nurses’ integration in Germany.
Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega, in her welcome message read by Consul Torres, congratulated POLO-Berlin for the initiative and thanked all the speakers and participants for joining what is envisioned to be an ongoing series of focused engagement with Filipino healthcare professionals in Germany.
The webinar was live streamed on the Facebook page of the Philippine Embassy in Germany and may be viewed there by those interested.