The Philippines’ Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) said the government of Bahrain have resumed the recruitment of domestic workers following a six-month suspension, with most employers prefer to hire Filipinos.
The announcement by DOLE on Tuesday said Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has lifted the temporary suspension on the recruitment of domestic workers imposed last March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a report to Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) in Bahrain said Filipino workers were preferred by most employers in Bahrain in reopening their doors to migrant workers.
According to DOLE, the preventive inspection director of the LMRA, Ahmed Junaid, said that random interviews among employers in Bahrain showed that Filipino workers as “most preferred” among migrant workers from other countries.
Meanwhile, POLO noted that the LRMA had warned would-be employers to refrain from engaging the services of unlicensed domestic expatriate employees employment offices (DEEEOs) in hiring domestic workers “to ensure that mitigation measures against the spread of COVID-19 are strictly followed and workers’ rights are upheld and protected.”
DOLE said the warning came after 61 manpower agencies were recently questioned in a series of raids jointly conducted by LMRA and Bahrain’s interior ministry.
The said agencies, DOLE added, were found to have been “operating without license and were hiring run-away domestic workers of various nationalities, to provide hourly cleaning services.”
The department said that the number of Filipino domestic workers in Bahrain dropped to only 16,576 Filipino domestic as of June 2020 compared to the 18,663 in 2019. (Source: INQUIRER.net)