Philippines eyes employment settlement with Saudi Arabia – Rappler

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the Philippine authorities needs an settlement with Saudi Arabia to guard Filipino staff within the Gulf state

Revealed three:46 PM, August 23, 2019

Up to date three:46 PM, August 23, 2019

OFW PROTECTION. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the Philippines will work on a bilateral settlement to guard its staff in Saudi Arabia. Picture by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is eyeing a bilateral employment settlement with Saudi Arabia, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III mentioned on Friday, August 23.

In an interview with reporters, Bello mentioned technical working teams from each international locations had been scheduled to fulfill and talk about the proposed settlement within the coming weeks.

“This group will talk about all of the provisions and agreements that may present safety for our staff,” Bello informed reporters.

Among the many measures that the Philippine authorities would push for inclusion within the settlement is a template employment contract that might make sure that Filipino staff would hold their passport and cellular phone, amongst others.

The proposed template contract will even element working hours, sleeping hours, meals preparations, and procedures for switch of labor if wanted, much like the contract offered below the settlement the Philippines signed with Kuwait in 2018.

Why this issues: Bello mentioned DOLE has observed a rise within the variety of incidents of abused abroad Filipino staff (OFWs).

He added that amongst OFWs within the Center East, Filipino staff deployed to Saudi Arabia had been additionally amongst these with essentially the most complaints on working circumstances. An employment settlement was wanted to deal with this and guarantee Filipino staff had been saved secure and revered.

“(Employees won’t be) deployed kung sa tingin namin di natin maprotektahan ang kanilang kalagayan (Employees won’t be deployed if we don’t suppose we we will defend their wellbeing),” Bello mentioned.

In keeping with Abroad Employees Welfare Administration Administrator Hans Cacdac, of the 33,000 Filipino staff repatriated in 2018, some 30% to 40% had been from Saudi Arabia. Cacdac mentioned the company expects to see the identical figures for 2019.

On Friday, some 100 OFWs from Saudi Arabia returned to the Philippines, accompanied by Bello. The employees had been residing in shelters in Riyadh after they fled employers who didn’t pay they paid wages and mistreated them.

In the meantime, Bello mentioned in response to query that the Philippine authorities wouldn’t hesitate to implement a complete employment ban if Filipino staff had been abused by employers of their host international locations.

“That’s all the time into consideration kasi steady naman ‘yung monitoring. ‘Pag nakikita namin na ang ating mga abroad staff hindi talaga maganda ang pagtrato, it’s not far fetched (That’s all the time into consideration as a result of we constantly monitor. If we see our abroad staff usually are not being handled nicely, it’s (banning employment) just isn’t far fetched),” he mentioned. – Rappler.com

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