Former Philippine envoy to Dubai visits UAE for labour migration talks


Staff Report

After taking up his new post at the Department of Foreign Affairs headquarters in the Philippines, the former consul general in Dubai and the Northern Emirates has recently visited the UAE for fresh discussions on labour migration.

Paul Raymund Cortes, now the Assistant Secretary of the Office for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OMWA), has met with Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) Abdullah Ali Al Nuiami on Saturday (Feb. 12) with a proposal to hold a forum on labour market mobility and flexibility.

The Philippines and UAE have agreed to schedule a forum that would serve as an important migration roadmap building from the previous Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Labour Cooperation signed in September 2017 and the MOU on Cooperation in Combating Human Trafficking signed in September 2019, and towards the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) slated in May 2022.

The two top officials also discussed resolutions to migration related issues and possible improvements to the established migration governance framework between the UAE as a country of destination and the Philippines as a country of origin.

The new OMWA assistant secretary also oversaw the repatriation of more than 300 Filipino migrant workers on Monday (Feb. 14).

“Last February 08 we have repatriated some compatriots from Dubai and Kuwait. This time, on Valentine’s Day, we show our love to our overseas Filipino workers by bringing home 350 of them from Riyadh and the United Arab Emirates,” Assistant Secretary Cortes told Rights Corridor.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Migrant Workers Affairs (OMWA) has been mandated to coordinate with various sectors of society to deliver timely assistance to Filipino nationals.

OMWA also manages matters pertaining to assistance to nationals and the development and implementation of policies relating to concerns, welfare needs, and general interests of all overseas Filipinos, particularly migrant workers.