A new labor agreement was drafted in preparation for the deployment of more Filipino workers to the United Arab Emirates.
Representatives from UAE and the Philippines ’ Department of Labor and Employment were present during the signing of another labor agreement for the deployment of more Filipinos in UAE.
According to a DOLE official, the recent pact will pave more opportunities for Filipinos who want to work as household service workers (HSW) in UAE. Furthermore, the meeting tackled the issue such as providing standard employment contract which will hugely benefit those who are working as HSW.
Alice Visperas of the International Labor Affairs Bureau confirmed that the two governments are already preparing the standard employment contract among Filipino workers.
“Tungkol po ito sa pagpapadala ng ating mga kababayan sa United Arab Emirates so meron pa pong provisions na di pa po napag kakasunduan sa standadrd employment contract ito po ang pangunahing usapin sa meeting na ito,” says Visperas.
Visperas is also hoping that the UAE government will agree to the proposed standard employment contract to make sure that the welfare of Filipino workers is properly protected.
“Yung passport hindi iwiwitheheld sa worker, may hours of work yung place po maayos yung sweldo maayos din yung rest days dapat may ganong karapatan din na workers,” says the labor attache.
As of the moment, the Philippines and UAE have a bilateral agreement but it is yet to be enforced. It has been four years since the deployment of Filipino workers in the UAE has been suspended. Those Filipinos working in the UAE have undergone illegal channels or used visit visa schemes.
“Nakakalungkot kasi sila ay dumaraan sa ibat ibang pamaraan sila ay nagpupunta po doon sa pamamagitan ng visit visa. Kapag meron ka pong visit visa kinoconvert po nila sa working visa,” she added.