Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Israeli and Philippine governments are expected to sign a bilateral agreement on the protection and welfare of Filipino workers in Israel.

Effie Ben Matityau, Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines, said that the agreement will be discussed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to Tel Aviv this month, Business Mirror reported.

Without divulging details of the labor agreement, Matityau said it will further improve the welfare of Filipino workers in Israel. He said other than the labor agreement, both the Philippines and Israel are preparing a list of accords in the fields of defense, technology and food, ABS-CBN News reported.

“Numbers-wise, the contracts and deals are exciting, (and they are) coming from the first ever visit by a president from the Philippines,” Matityau said.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, there are around 50,000 Filipino workers in Israel, the majority of whom are caregivers. The country also offers some of the highest wages for Filipino domestic workers.