Good news! Sending domestic workers from the Philippines to the UAE is now legal under the newly agreed agreement between the labor officials of both countries.
After a meeting yesterday, it was confirmed that at the end of this month, Filipino domestic workers can now be legally hired from the Philippines under the signed memorandum of agreement.
In 2014, it can be recalled that sending household service workers to the UAE was banned.
According to Philippine delegation head Undersecretary Claro Arellano, the Unified Employment Contract (UEC) now covers Filipino household service workers with the aim of better protecting their rights.
The contract is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to have a standard employment contract for household service workers as currently being followed in Kuwait.
Among their rights include:
1. The domestic worker should have at least eight hours of sleep or rest per day;
2. The domestic worker should have at least one paid day-off for a week;
3. The domestic worker should be the one to keep his/her own passport. It should be forbidden for employers to keep them;
4. It should be forbidden for employers to confiscate communication devices such as cell phones owned by domestic worker;
5. Opening a bank account under the name of a domestic worker to deposit his/her monthly salary;
6. And allowing domestic worker to cook his/her own food.