Labor officials from the Philippines and the UAE will be holding a high-level meeting next month to discuss the possible resumption of deployment of overseas Filipino workers to the UAE.
Citing a report published on The Filipino Times website, the meeting will be conducted on March 1 and 2. It reported that during a virtual briefing on Monday, International Labor Affairs Bureau Director Alice Visperas said that the two governments will iron out the standard employment contract for Filipino workers.
“Tungkol po ito sa pagpapadala ng ating mga kababayan sa United Arab Emirates so meron na pong provisions na di pa po napag kakasunduan sa standard employment contract ito po ang pangunahing usapin sa meeting na ito,” Visperas said.
She hoped the UAE officials will finally agree to the country’s proposed contract for workers to ensure the protection of Filipinos in the country.
“Yung passport hindi iwi-withheld sa worker, may hours of work yung place po maayos yung sweldo maayos din yung rest days dapat may ganong karapatan din na workers,” she added.
The deployment of OFWs to the UAE has been suspended in the last four years. Most of the Filipinos in the host country has either went through illegal channels or via 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 kino-convert po nila sa working visa,” Visperas said.