100,000 Filipinos applying for household service work in UAE, says labour secretary


About 100,000 Filipinos have been waiting for the resumption of household service workers (HSWs) deployment to the United Arab Emirates, which will take effect by the end of March, the Philippine Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) chief said.

Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday said that “there are many, a hundred thousand”, when asked about the number of Filipinos waiting and are applying to become HSWs in the UAE.

Bello confirmed the number while speaking in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.

Bello said many Filipinos want to work in the UAE because of higher salaries and fair treatment to household workers.

“It is because they know they have a higher pay scale there, the household service workers are treated well, that is why even if we don’t officially deploy, many of our compatriots are going there as tourist. And from tourist visa, they get a chance to convert it to a working visa,” Bello elaborated.

The Philippines and the UAE reached a “historic” agreement during a joint committee meeting in Manila on Tuesday on the resumption of deployment of HSWs to the Emirates.

The deployment of HSWs to the UAE has been suspended since 2014.

Philippine delegation head Undersecretary Claro Arellano earlier said the new deployment will now be covered by a unified employment contract that provides stringent measures to protect Filipino HSWs.

DOLE earlier explained that under the unified contract, both the employer and foreign recruitment agencies and Philippine recruitment agencies are bound by joint and solidary liability should anything happen to the Filipino workers.

Bello added that the UAE will also not convert tourist visas of Filipinos into working visas without the approval of the Philippine Overseas Labour Office. (Source: INQUIRER.net)